Hey, I know what you’re doing. Coming home from that 9-6 job with the 45 minute commute either way. Eleven total hours dedicated to that job you don’t care about. You’re tired, but F that noise. You’re not gonna get stuck in that hell hole. You’re gonna write tonight, right? I mean work out, and then write. Or maybe you’ll write tonight, and get up early tomorrow and work out. Yeah, that’s what you’re gonna do. You’re gonna get home, and cook that chicken that’s been sitting in your fridge. It’s not spoiled yet. You’re take that cucumber out of the crisper tray, and open up that bag of lettuce and make a nice salad. Fill up a mason jar with some refreshing, clean tap water. You’re gonna sit down at your laptop. And you’re gonna bang out five pages. Hell, no. You’re gonna bang out ten pages. Ok, at least five pages. Five pages is doable. Heck, if you did five pages a day, for four weeks, you’d have that play done. In a month. You can sit down and do anything for four weeks. You’re not gonna check Facebook. You’re not gonna check the score. You’re not gonna check Etsy. You’re gonna go home and cook your chicken and make your salad and drink your water and write your five pages. You’re gonna go to bed by 10:30pm and wake up at 5:30am and workout. This is it. This is simple. You’re a Writer, capital W, and this is how it’s gonna be from now on.
You know you’ll save yourself some writing time if you just popped in and got a slice of pizza instead of cooking. You’re gonna work out tomorrow so it’s okay. The chicken will still be good. Maybe you’ll get your pages done and cook it tonight so you can have it for lunch and dinner tomorrow. Save some money. Yeah. So get a slice. Oh, man you ate that quick. Still hungry, right? Go ahead and get another. Just three bucks. Still saving money. And a coke. Dinner under ten bucks. Good stuff. Head up to your apartment. You’re just a little tired. Just rest your head and watch some Cheers on Netflix for a bit. Just rest the brain cells. Dang this show is so good. This is great writing. This is helping your writing. This is writing homework. Good on you.
Text message. David. You haven’t seen that guy in weeks. Beer? Sure. It’s only 7:30pm. One beer won’t kill you. It’s important to keep up with friends. How the heck can you be a writer if you don’t socialize? If you don’t hang out and see how other people live their life?
Four beers and a shot later. Dang $30 with tip…
You’ll get up early and write tomorrow before work….
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