Prompt 46

“Write down the interior monologue you experience when you sit down to write”

All right. Here we go. Time to pick up where I left off.

Wait, breakfast first. Can’t write on an empty stomach.

Ladiladila. Coffee’s ready. All set!

Well, I can’t write and eat at the same time…I’ll read some news.

*Half an hour later…after news, Facebook, Instagram, and, of course, a search through LinkedIn jobs fuelled by the perpetual fear that this is all a ridiculous pursuit and I’ll need a job soon*

Right. Pulled myself out of that rabbit hole. Now, to write!

*Stares at blank page with cursor blinking incessantly*

Man, this page is empty.

I should go back and look at what I wrote yesterday.

But, no. All the advice around the process of writing says don’t edit while you write. First drafts can (and will) be shitty.

I just need to put the perfectionist in me aside and just put words to paper.

But what if no one wants to read those words? What am I even doing this for? Is this all just a huge mistake?

*Agonized yelps inside my head*

Ali. Get a grip.

You’re here. You’re doing this. You’re doing this because this story has been tapping you on the shoulder for ages, and it needs to be put down one way or another.

Now, write.

Okay. You’re right.

*Fingers poised on keyboard*

But maybe another cup of coffee first!

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