This is the conversation I've been having with myself lately. I'm too busy to do that. I'm too tired to do that, I'm too pick-the-excuse-of-the-day to do that.
And guess who has paid for my excuses.
Here's the thing. I'm busy, and not just for busy sake. But I was busy last year too and still had more writing done by this time after the school year started than I have this year.
I'm pushing my writing style, really working on making the beauty of the story that exists in my head get somewhat depicted on paper, and the writing is slower. But I'm not putting in the time that I need to in order to develop the habit of the writing that I want.
I queried before school started (ahem, August) and haven't sent anymore out.
Here's the deal with habits. When you have one, when you are actively engaged in a habit, it just makes sense to do all the things that need to be done. And when you allow yourself to slip from the habit, you find every excuse why you can't start it again.
What it comes down to is this - what do you want from your life? Because it doesn't really matter what your mom, dad, spouse, siblings, kids, friends, coworkers want from your life. It doesn't matter what you SAY you want from your life. It only matters what you do to prove to yourself what you want from you life.
For me? I want publication. I want an agent. I want writing to have a significant role in my life.
I just have to prove it to myself again.
What do you do to get off the excuses train?