It’s 4 AM and the alarm goes off. But you were reading what’s its new ‘free’ eBook until 1 AM, and now the only thing you want to do is hit the snooze and roll over. And why not? You’re a writer for cryin out loud. It’s what you do for the 9-5 or 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 hours a day you sit in front of a laptop. A techno gadget that has become more familiar to you than your spouse, significant, other or mom.
Now if this had been the only time this week, or even in the last 2 or 3 days, that you’d stayed up past the self-appointed curfew of let’s say, 10 PM – not a big deal. It was a justifiable trade off we authors like to call ‘research’. You were simply ‘researching’ ideas for your next novel.
But like all legal and non-legal forms of addiction, at some point, you’ve crossed the line between an occasional offender, and a habitual one.
That’s right! You my fine cursor, blinking, friend, have joined the ranks of thousands of late night research novelist’s, most of whom are spending way too much time reading other people’s stuff, than working on their own. Matter of fact, the epidemic has become so pervasive, in many cases when asked to talk about your work, you recite the other guys instead.
So today’s Reality Check For Authors: ‘Cowboy Up’ and get that lazy bum out of bed. If you’re gonna read until all hours of the night, than suck it up, and get up when that alarm goes off. As lovely as it is to get to read free eBooks, it should have occurred to you by now, the author your reading, finished writing theirs.