During your writing career there will be times when you will want to hide from your writing. Sometimes hiding from your creative work feels like the best option. It gives you a chance to stick your head in the literary sand for a bit.
The following situations might send you into hiding:
- You can’t face looking at what you have written.
- You can’t face confronting your draft novel’s issues.
- Your confidence has disappeared.
- You have lost your writing mojo.
- Your reviewers have told you what you didn’t want to hear.
- You have had too much of a ‘writer rest’ and are putting off the inevitable graft stage.
Here are some tell-tale signs that signal you are hiding from your writing:
- Sticking your laptop in a drawer, a cupboard or behind a large pot plant. Saying to yourself “out of sight and out of mind”.
- Rewarding loved ones for not mentioning the words ‘writing’ or ‘draft novel’ in your presence. Promising regular cups of tea and some ironed shirts if they don’t utter the magic words.
- Restricting yourself to laptop free rooms in the house – bathroom and toilet.
- Hiding behind the sofa and spying on your laptop from a distance.
- Asking a loved one to log you onto the internet on your laptop, so that you don’t have to see your writing folder icon.
- Making a list of ‘100 Things to do before I start writing’ and proudly pinning it to your wall.
- Hiding under your writing desk hoping it will all just go away.
- Screaming in fright and scurrying away in the opposite direction after catching sight of your laptop / notepad.
- Being forced to walk passed your laptop / notepad and avoiding eye contact with it or better still covering your face with a pot plant until the coast is clear.
- Rewarding yourself with chocolate for not even thinking about writing.
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