I am having a hard time writing today.
John Wayne in My Head: Understatement of the year, right there, Little Lady.
Thanks Mr. Wayne, dead movie star, and inner Carrie Jones critic aka internal editor aka mean voice in my head. Nice of you to show up. Your eyes look VERY blue in that picture.
JW: Well, I was alive then.
True. Anyway. I’m having some issues. What kind of issues? I’m worried about female stereotypes in the middle grade I’m writing. All of a sudden on word 20,667 I’m thinking, “Is Lily strong enough? She likes math. How do I keep her from being a stereotype of a girl who likes math?”
Oh no, am I oppressing my co-women? Crud.
JW: You’re just supposed to write. It’s your first draft. Don’t make me have to threaten ya.
I know! I am, but it’s hard. I have issues.
JW: Issues don’t bring home the bacon.
Do you mean, bread, Mr. Wayne?
JW: No, I mean bacon.
Why do I think you mean bread?
JW: Because your brain is on strike because you aren’t writing. Now get a move on.
Fine. Fine. It’s all going to be garbage.
JW: True, but it’ll be your garbage.
In a stereotypical heterosexual American relationship, the man takes out the garbage, you know. That’s your role.
JW: What do you think I’m doing right now?
Talking to me?
JW: No, I’m trying to take out the garbage also known as self-doubt in your little writer brain.
Oh! Oh. That’s so nice of you. Stereotypical, but nice.
JW: Little Lady, I aim to please.
For all of you doing, National Novel Writing Month right now, good luck! You’ve got this! Battle for that word count and stomp down the stereotypes and that self doubt. They don’t get to control you, right? You control you.
Cough. Off to listen to my own advice.
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