There’ll come a writing phase where you have to defend the time, unplug the phone and put in the hours to get it done. – James Taylor

I’ve been remiss in posting. I could list a variety of reasons, but the main one is I have been in my own way for the majority of the summer and now fall, by being too focused on achieving perfection in my writing to actually get anywhere. I have also ill-served myself by playing editor and gatekeeper with my writing. I’ve forged through a few chapters and refined the story line only to then ultimately trash all the new words I’d just written! This is called starting, stopping, and freaking out. What I refer to as a WOT. (Waste of Time for the uninitiated to the Katherine Owen way of thinking.) Damn!

So, now I’ve re-read James Taylor’s quote above and posted it at my computer because I know I have to give myself permission to be selfish, to put the work first, and defend my time. It starts with me. I’ve got to stop gate-keeping, reviewing, and editing, and just write the damn novel!

That’s what I’m doing; how about you? What are you doing to stop yourself by not defending your time and what you really want to be doing?