Writing is tough. Sure, there’s the days when we hit our ‘flow’ state; words pour from our minds faster than we can type, plot twists strike like lightning, that final scene shines at the end of the tunnel. But most days it’s hard. The next chapter looms undefined and lifeless. You realise your character wasn’t as fleshed out as you thought. You doubt your capacity to write something eloquent, clever, publishable…And just to add to those little motivation assassins, life is busy. Some days, life is exhausting. How do you make the choice to write?
Well, my upcoming young adult contemporary romance explores the theme that we only live once. That life is full of risk. That tomorrow is defined by our choices. When I’m tired and unmotivated I tend to forget this so I thought I’d tell you a story, to remind you, and remind me. I love this little tale, one I’m not sure where I found. An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy website somewhere I think…
Winning the Lottery
Imagine you’ve won a lottery, a very special lottery. A lottery where each morning $86,400 is deposited into your private account.
However, this prize has rules.
RULE 1 – Everything that you don’t spend during each day will be taken away. Wiped clean. Gone.
RULE 2 – The sum is non-transferrable. You cannot transfer it into another account. Only you can spend it.
RULE 3 – Each morning another $86,4000 will be deposited into your account.
And last but not least, RULE 4 – The lottery can end the game without warning, at any time it can say GAME OVER.
What would you do? You’d buy anything and everything you wanted. You’d go into a spending frenzy! And not only for yourself, but for all the people you love, right? Even people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, day after day.
And you’d try to spend every cent, wouldn’t you? I know I would.
Actually, this game is REALITY!
Each of us has this lottery magically topping itself up every day. We ALL have one.
The lottery is TIME.
Each morning we are given 86,400 seconds as a gift of life. All the same rules apply, when we go to sleep at night any remaining time is NOT credited to us, nor can we gift this to someone else. What we haven’t used, lived, enjoyed is forever lost. And the game can be over at any time…WITHOUT WARNING.
And then each morning the account is refilled.
So, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds? When you wake up tomorrow, and your account has been refilled, how do you want to spend that prize?
I’m gonna guess it doesn’t involve Facebook, TV or chocolate cake.
Once we appreciate our prize, and its fragility, we need to make a choice. Just a small one. Sometimes only a baby step in the direction we want to go. Plot. Write 100 words. Click send on that submission. That’s the writer you can be proud of. The writer who is using some of their gift in a way that values it.
Me? I’m going to write the intro to my upcoming PsychWriter book. What about you? I would love to hear what you’ve used some of your lottery prize for. Leave a comment below, or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Have a wonderful week,
PS My debut novel, Prophecy Awakened, recently won the Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention Award in the Young Adult – Paranormal category. How cool is that!?! Book two, Prophecy Accepted, is out next week!