Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Murphy's Law for Writers

We all know Murphy's Law. He's out to get us. And he usually does. Here's a couple of Murphy's Laws for writers.

1. Your "free" day is consumed with a trip to Wal-Mart for toilet paper, a trip to school because your child's clothes have developed a rip in a sensitive area, and a phone call from a relative who is desperate for advice.
2. You have no ink in your printer cartridge, and you'll be danged if you're going to Wal-Mart AGAIN.
3. Laundry, dishes, dusting, and food preparation.
4. There's a birthday party for a child's friend. Hello Wal-Mart.
5. Your Muse is taking the day off.
6. Your computer breaks down, acquires a virus, or is fried in general.
7. You must run all over God's creation for a friend. They are sick, disabled, or otherwise occupied. And apparently you owe them. The tit for tat trade.
8. Your e-mail is in overdrive. You're receiving mail every 2.3 seconds, and you never know. One may be important.
9. Your e-mail isn't going through. To anybody. At anytime. EVER.
10. Your blog is coming easier than your manuscript.
11. You're butt-deep in research. Manuscript? Huh?
12. You can't open your manuscript file. Error. Danger Will Robinson.
13. Words. Will. Not. Come.
14. Headache, ear ache, stomach ache, sinuses, allergies, and general afflictions.
15. You have a GREAT idea for a new book. And then another. So on and so forth.
16. People think you're simply keeping the chair warm in front of your computer.

Be strong! Resist! Persevere! And when all else fails, whine to another writer. We'll be the most sympathetic shoulder you'll ever find.



username said...

I can SO relate to this! Yesterday and today were THOSE kind of days in some form or another.

(Read 50+ pages of something for someone that I didn't get to go over during the weekend. Go on ahead and insert editing comments since I was already doing the reading. Edit another near 20 pages for another writer. Edit the editing I do regularly for the establishment which I edit for. Help a friend with cropping and fixing some pics. Fix pics for the cat's site since I was pic fixing already. Iron, do laundry, vacuum, clean bathrooms, cook, etc. The usual wife/mom stuff, plus whatever else I'm forgetting. LOL)

Tomorrow, I hope for the best.

Jan said...

Well said! Speaking from experience, good ol' Murph has tormented me with at least half of those on your list!

Silma said...

These are so funny, Chrys! Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I can relate to the law that says that the blog is going better than the WIP. That's so true for me!!! *lol*