Here's a few analogies to help you fight the urge to procrastinate.
- PARENTING - Dr. James Lehman is a master at helping parents learn how to parent children with bad or difficult behaviors. "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." He likes to say that you can lead a horse to water and you can't make him drink, but you CAN make him THIRSTY. The idea is that you can make a child behave through giving effective consequences. With writing, the thirst is the act of writing. The drink is the muse. It seems backwards, I know, but hear me out...
- PRAYER - Brigham Young once said, "If you don't feel like praying, pray until you do." Another quote: "It matters not whether you or I feels like praying, when the time comes to pray, pray. If we do not feel like it, we should pray till we do." With writing, simply substitute the word 'write' for 'pray.'
- RUNNING - In Chris Crowley's Younger Next Year, he says it's imperative to our health to exercise six days a week. His motto is "Just show up!" I find that I often do not feel like running, but I know if I just show up to the water trough and start walking, I'll get thirsty for the euphoric RUN. Same with writing, if we just sit down to write, even if we're "thinking" for 15 minutes, we'll eventually start writing. OR - if we just start writing (walking), we'll soon start to feel inspired. The story will click and everything will make sense and we'll feel like we're getting some good writing accomplished. We'll be drinking the water, feeling the spirit, and running the race.
If you want to read more about finding the balance of willpower vs. inspiration, read Kristi Holl's post about Writing in the Flow.
Now, go WRITE! And keep on keepin' on...