There are a couple of writing tasks I haven't completed yet. There's no excuse, but I'll offer some anyway:
- It's summer and the kids are home from school
- I can't write at a water park--my laptop will get wet
- I can't write at the beach--the sand will damage my laptop, or the wind will rustle my paper
- How can I concentrate on revisions with ten 14-year-olds in our pool?
- How can I concentrate on plotting when I have two 11-year-olds playing Wii Sports?
- Have I mentioned it's summer and the kids are home from school?
I realize that the work will not get done unless I sit down and do it. No one else can take the blame. And there's no reason I can't put my butt-in-chair and write for 15-30 minutes at the beginning or end of each day.
If you're like me, and writing has taken a back seat, here are some great quotes about making excuses. I'll call them antidotes for excuses:
"Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure." -- Don Wilder
"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." -- George W. Carver
"Don't make excuses, make something incredible happen in your life right now." -- Greg Hickman
"There aren't nearly enough crutches in the world for all the lame excuses." -- Marcus Stroup
"No one ever excused his way to success." -- Dave Del Dotto
"Success is a tale of obstacles overcome, and for every obstacle overcome, an excuse not used." -- Robert Brault
"I never knew a man who was good at making excuses who was good at anything else." -- Benjamin Franklin
Ouch! I think I'd better get to work.
Have you been diligent about writing this summer? And do you have a favorite excuse to use when you haven't been writing? Or am I the only one using lame excuses?