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Hello, Amigos y Amigas. Welcome to GLTV. The only program that’ll make you wonder whether or not I should be allowed to have access to a computer since all I do is talk with imaginary people.
Speaking of which, I talked to Galuri, one of my imaginary friends, about the importance of building a writing habit and becoming more productive. Some of you know Galuri by now, he can be a knucklehead and ignore everything I tell him, but deep down, he knows I want the best for him.
This is, the next episode of Stuff I Write On My Blog.
“Galuri, writing is like going to church,” I said.
And you know what he did? He started laughing, making fun of the way I pronounce the word ‘church.’
He then went and watch The Haunting of Hill House with John. They said it’s a good show.
Luckily, John, my other imaginary friend, listens to me a little bit more. When I told him about making writing more of a sacred routine, he looked at me and said, “I don’t want you to worry, Gabriel. I will follow your advice,… religiously.”
I never knew if that last part was meant to be a joke, but I decided to take him on his word.
“What do you suggest I do?” John asked as I wonder why he was wearing glasses inside the room. I thought I should ask him later.
“Think of your desk as the place where you go to pray every day,” I said. “Set up a time of day when you will have no distractions, so you can be in touch with your creative self.”
Galuri said, “What? You want him to be touching himself?”
“No! That’s not what I said!”
John shakes his head. “So you want me to find this space where I can experience some flow and let my creativity explode?”
“Yes, that’s the plan.”
“So I’m gonna make sure I can use the desk when Galuri is out. I will unplug. That means no Internet, no phones, nothing.”
“Yes,” I agreed. “We have to plan it, and I’ll make sure I hide the phone and keep Galuri away from you.”
“That’d be great,” John said. “I don’t know if you know, but it was Galuri’s idea to watch The Haunting of Hill House. He said that’s a ‘real’ scary story.”
I frowned. “A ‘real’ scary story?”
“Yeah,” Galuri said. “Unlike what you write.”
“What else do you recommend me to do, Master Gabriel?”
“No, you don’t have to call me that when the camera is rolling.”
“Oh, I’m sorry.”
“Um, what I can recommend is listening to classical music as you write. I’m always listening to good old Beethoven. He never fails.”
John is taking notes. “That’s a great idea. What else?”
“Once you find the time when you feel more creative, stick to it. That way, you’re gonna write and write. The flow is never gonna leave you.”
“A sacred ritual,” John said, looking up, already creating ideas in his head.
“You have to commit, buddy,” I said. “Your work is going to improve. You’ll get so good at this, you’re going to end up doing it without thinking.”
“That’s right,” Galuri said. “Usually people spend more time thinking about the reasons why they can’t do shit, instead of focusing on doing shit.”
I had to admit, I didn’t like Galuri’s choice of words, but he was right.
“You’re actually paying attention?” I asked.
“Of course. I’m the best writer in this room.”
I didn’t have a moment to that.
But it’s true, focusing on the reasons why we can’t is often more common than moving forward and embracing our purpose. Accomplish the goals we know deep down will make us happy.
Until next time.