Wake Up

It doesn’t matter if you write words, count money, teach children, build houses, fix cars or sell something. You know it has a solid hold when your waking moment concentrates on what you do and how you do it.

This train wreck is annoying. “Get out of my head. I’m not ready to think. Leave me alone.”

As the night-time haze lingers I wrestle with ideas of current writings.

“Good title, wrong story. That character belongs in a later chapter. Is rhyming OK? I still don’t understand poetry.”

All this jumble of thought and I haven’t even had my first cup of coffee.

Slow down, girl. One story at a time.

Finish morning vitamins, medicine an caffeine I can concentrate. But, which idea should I tackle?


I can think over a tomato sandwich loaded with mayo.

Kid story. Should main character be a little boy or girl? If the title is about a kitten, it should be a girl. Is that stereotyping?


Write the story then decide.

Should that other one be a novella? How many words, what age group, any pictures?

Stop thinking. One story at a time.

Without realizing, I let the words of the story consume my head.

Who is in control here? Me. So- Wake UP!!

Block out opinions of others, what to make for dinner and tending to household chores.

Let the story live and the characters grow.

Three-fourths of the day is spent on preparation to write. Waking up is quite the process.

If the end of the day results in genuine writing, it’s time well spent.

The story moves ahead. Words are left behind as the motive for writing grows. The message is sincere, my intention is altruistic.

“Dear God in heaven, let me finish this soon. Then I can move on to the next project. And let me sleep tonight.”















5 thoughts on “Wake Up

  1. Paul Taubman

    I think things are even worse when I DREAM about them and they take control! When that happens, I know I need to take a break from it all.

  2. Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden)

    I don’t have stories taking over my thoughts but sometimes my job does that to me – and, like Paul, I dream I am working (and it’s like I’ve put two consecutive work days in). I hope you get a reward when your writing day is done!

Comments are closed.