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.
3 months ago