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You Have To Write It

 

WITCHESNo, sorry. It doesn’t work that way. You have to sit and write it and there’s no magic in the world that’s going to change that.

As much as we love to write, you have to admit that there are times when you wish you could just snap your finger and there it is. Life keeps happening no matter what and sometimes as much as you want to sit and bleed that ink there just seems to be no time. And maybe…just maybe…you have time and are simply making excuses. Either way, it isn’t going to get done unless you park your butt in that chair and start banging away at those keys.

I’m writing this to myself, by the way. If you feel that it pertains to you, too, then by all mean continue to read. I realize that this is a universal problem. Okay, maybe not the whole universe, but certainly here on this planet wherever there happens to be a writer.

I sit down and look at the book I’m working on. It says at the bottom of the screen that there are about 9800 words to it, so far. How can that be, I ask myself. I’ve been working on it for months. It should be done by now! Why isn’t it done?

Because you haven’t been working on it, I answer.

Ah, well yes. That makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is why I find it so hard, sometimes, to sit and do something that I actually like to do.

Maybe, because it’s work. When I was flying I never hesitated to head out to the airfield and jump into my little airplane. But that was pure exhilaration. Nothing but enjoyment. Writing is different. I enjoy it, but yet it’s not always enjoyable. I suppose only another writer could understand that. It makes you work. At least it does if you are doing something worthwhile that you really care about. And that’s the thing. It’s hardest if you really care about it. And I’ve cared about all that stuff I’ve written. Wouldn’t be bothering if I didn’t. And because I care, I want to get those words out so perfectly that it hurts.

So there’s that anticipation of pain. That might be why we find it so hard to plop ourselves into that seat and start. We know the pain is coming at some point. That’s why you sometimes take a deep breath before you begin and say, “Okay, here goes.” It’s like waiting for that needle at the doctor’s office.

And yet it’s so rewarding once you’re rolling and move on passed the pain. But to begin rolling you have to sit down and start. No excuses. Just start. Again, this is to me but its fine if you are listening.

So forget magic. And praying won’t work either. You can pray, before you go to bed, that when you wake up there will be a 100,000 word manuscript in your laptop all ready to go. But when you get up in the morning to check, the same 5,000 words that were there yesterday will still be there.

Because like it or not. You have to sit and write it.

Ten Words That Should Be Voted Off The Island

I saw an article today on words that were recently added to the Oxford American Dictionary (OED) and while I really liked some of them (wine-o-clock 🙂 ), there were others I did not. Hangry (getting angry because you are hungry) is probably a very real state of being, but I find the word itself to be really annoying. This got me to thinking of other words that I would love to see removed from any dictionary and from the vernacular. I’ve recently been binge watching old seasons of the TV show, Survivor, so in my mind right now I say these words should be voted off the island.

A lot of these words are most widely used by the younger generation so it may make me the cranky soon-to-be-40-year-old, but so be it. For your consideration, my top ten words that should be voted off the island. Please feel free to share yours in the comments.

10) Obvi- This word highlights that something you’ve said is obvious. This isn’t horribly offensive but it comes off as rather obnoxious, thus, let’s just let it go.

9) Twerk – This is a suggestive dance move I am fairly certain they don’t teach at Arthur Murray. Thankfully we don’t hear this word as much as we did when Miley Cyrus had her infamous twerking moment at the VMAs, but it does crop up occasionally. I would happily see the word (and the dance) fade into a distant memory.

8) Chillax – A combination of Chill and Relax, often accompanied by Dude or Bro, as in “Chillax, dude”. Perhaps I could chill and relax were it not for the use of this word.

7) YOLO – You Only Live Once! While I embrace the sentiment, I find going into a difficult or challenging moment with a rallying cry of YOLO to be quite silly. When I was younger, we said Carpe Diem as the teacher Robin Williams played in the movie Dead Poet’s Society encouraged. I like that better. But I *may* be biased. 😉

6) Cray (or Cray-Cray) – this is a version of crazy. It is absolutely cray-cray to use the word cray. Just say crazy.

5) Bestie – Best friend. I don’t love BFF either, though I have been known to use it on occasion, but bestie is just like fingernails on the chalkboard.

4) Bae – this is another word for baby or sweetie. I’ve seen it defined as “Before Anyone Else”. I’ve seen celebs refer to their significant other as their bae. I can’t explain why exactly, but this one is also extremely cringe-worthy for me.

3) Totes– short for totally. I’ve seen people reply when agreement with “totes”.  It is also quite common as a modifier (see #2). You can also just throw it in anywhere you want apparently. I’ll just say that I totes want this word erased from my memory please. 🙂

2) Amazeballs – When something is especially amazing it becomes Amazeballs! To make it extra fun, add in totes! That is totes Amazeballs! Aaaaaaaaaaaand I’m dead.

1) TY – short for Thank You. I know the trend is to shorten things to fit into text and tweet length, like IDK (I Don’t Know), ILY (I Love You), IKR (I know, right?) and IRL (In Real Life), but as someone who loves words, the shortening of some can be especially annoying. “Thank you” should be spelled out. Take the time to actually thank someone, not just jot down a few letters and call it a day. I wrote a rant on my blog about this one if you care to read, but I just had to put it at the top of my list to be voted off.

What about you? Do any of these words ruffle your feathers? Are there any you think should have been included? Let’s hear them in the comments.

Thank you (not TY) for reading. Have a great week!

~CJS