And the word is sitzfleisch.
Sitzfleich means to sit through or tolerate something boring. Its secondary definition is to endure or persist in a task. I first came across the term at The Write Practice. I had no clue there was a word to describe slogging through something I would rather be not be doing.
Right now that describes working on the fourth draft of my first novel. I want to be done with it. I know it needs at least another polish before I can think about submitting it anywhere. However, I find myself sitting in front of my computer and wanting to do anything but work it. I want to start writing book two in the series, or outline book three. I want to knit my costume for BayCon 2014. I want to knock out a few rounds of Candy Crush Saga. I will do almost anything but work on that fourth draft.*
As with all things, there is a price to pay for your decisions. While all those other things are fun, and some even need to be done, there’s no point in having a book two, a book three, or even a blog post if I don’t have book one. So I sit down, grit my teeth, and apply fingers to the keyboard. I give myself permission to suck, because I can always go back and fix it. Eventually, I do fall back in love with what I’m working on, find my rhythm, and continue moving forward.
*Like writing this post instead of editing, but that’s beside the point.