Let me preface this post by saying that I am the world's best excuse-maker. Seriously. I can make a valid (sounding) excuse for anything. Need that plate washed? It's more time effective to wait until I actually use a glass, too -- then I can wash them together. Dirty laundry? There's no point until that towel is at least dirty enough to throw in.
Right now I have a massive headache pounding away at my temples, and it's been in residence all day. But. I've done some writing and managed to spend three hours editing my next travel guide. Sure, I'm all for self-congratulation, but for me it's more about taking my writing seriously. Back in the day, I wouldn't have stayed home from work because of a headache (or even a stomach bug -- but there's really no need to go into gory details of nausea mixed with Tube). I got the job done.
Writing is hard work. It's not about writing when 'the Muse' hits -- if it was, it'd feel great, all the time. That's why the phrase 'writer's block' bothers me so. There are times when writing is a slog. But if you sit your butt on the chair, most times you'll write something, even if it is rubbish. Have you ever heard the phrase 'worker's block'? Have you ever considered ringing up your boss and telling them you can't work today because you're blocked?
I'm my own boss now (yay!). I have only myself to answer to. And I won't disrespect my writing or myself by taking it easy, even on those days when a million hammers are pounding on my skull. No excuses!
How do you force yourself into the chair when you don't feel like it? Or do you?