Even if I have been putting off posting, at least I discovered “cunctation.” That is definitely not one of my walking around words. I ran across it in the dictionary. You’re right. Checking the dictionary was just one more thing to do instead of getting around to writing this post. Yep, I was shilly–shallying which combined with procrastinating suggests possible, nay likely dilatoriness, along with way too much time perusing the dictionary.
As you may or may not know, my muse abandoned me a while ago and I am on a quest to get her back. She is nowhere to be found today. If you have time to check out a few more posts, perhaps you will conclude with me she has popped in from time to time but has just not returned on a permanent basis.
I am pretty well convinced she will only pop back in if I get past telling myself it is nothing but a temporary case of writer’s block. My message to me goes like this, “Don’t worry about it. You’re just experiencing writer’s block. Keep busy and don’t obsess over it. If you relax and go with the flow (whatever that means) your muse will return and then you will find writing easy and nearly automatic.”
Talk about excuses! How do you rate that one? I put it right up there with notions like “Everything will work out if only you have faith and are patient.” Faith is more than important; it is essential. A large measure of patience is right up there on the must have scale as well. Even so, it takes a very large dose of hard work along with perseverance and a few other associated personal traits before its time to talk about things working out.
It may be time to bring out a couple of those old saws we grew up on but now seem too trite to mention. For example, “It is more than happenstance do comes before done in the dictionary;” or “Someday is not a day of the week.” I could also give a nod to George Claude Lorimer who said, “Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.”
There are a hundred excuses for not getting started,
And a hundred and one for not getting done.
When listing the reasons motivation departed,
Put TRIFLING alone in row number one.