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Just because I feel passionate about something doesn't mean it's going to be easy. It's usually the opposite. Because I care so much about what I'm doing, I talk myself into a crazed frenzy, 'This is your one shot Suzanne and you need to make it good. Show 'em what you've got!' Twenty minutes later after putting on the pressure, I'm paralyzed and I've got nothing. How could anyone possibly live up to all that hype?
So my de-hype method is to trick myself. Instead of sitting at my desk and working on my computer, I leave my laptop behind, grab a pen and some paper and sit in my sunroom, living room, kitchen, or even the bathroom (actually the bathroom is one of my better places to work). Come to think of it, maybe there's a book waiting for me in the bathroom? Plenty of people find inspiration there, maybe I could too? "Writer sequesters herself in bathroom for an entire year, until she finishes book." Hmm, maybe I'll call my agent today and run that idea by him.
Changing the room I normally work in and leaving my computer behind, tricks my brain into thinking 'Suzanne's not really working.' Then I relax and the fun stuff happens. Can't really blame it for not showing up sooner, who wants to play with Suzanne when she's stressed out? Even I don't like to be around myself then.
My office is in my home so if things get desperate staying in my PJs all day is another way to confuse my mind. 'It's three in the afternoon, Suzanne is still wearing her nightgown, so we must not be working yet.' But if you ever try this pajama trick, be sure to unlock the door behind you when you run out to get the mail, it gets kind of awkward standing on your neighbor's doorstep asking to use their phone and trying to explain writing, passion, and tricking your mind.
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