Stephen and Steven

Yesterday, life happened and I ended up in the emergency room with my daughter. She’s fine – or will be in a couple of weeks. Needless to say, my writing plans went out the window.

I wondered how on earth Stephen King manages to write every day. Surely the unexpected happens to him too. He can’t possibly write every single day. Then again, why would he lie about that? It’s not like he has anything to prove.

I thought about Steven Pressfield and The War of Art, in which he says “the professional shows up every day”. Every day. Not every day that it’s convenient, or every day that life doesn’t throw you a curve ball. Every day.

Well, damn.

So, I did the only thing that I could do. I opened up my notebook and wrote long hand for about a half hour. It’s not my best work, and it’s well below my current writing goal of two hours per day. But I showed up. I did the work.

How would you have handled this?

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

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