Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how and when I write. I’ve already covered the ‘why’ of it all. But the simple fact of the matter is, I haven’t done any writing in the past few days.
So I asked myself why that was, and I came up with a list:
1. I am easily distracted
Any sort of emotionally wretched day, week, month and I’m lost. I am not one of those put-it-all-in-your-writing types, although I certainly wish I was. No, if I am having a bad day I sit on the couch or sleep a lot. That’s about it really. Everything else, including writing, seems like far too much effort.
2. I am indescribably lazy
I don’t say that to create a false sense of modesty. I really am simply that lazy. Imagination takes effort, of which I am loathe to dispense.
3. I wait for inspiration to strike
Waiting for the muse to visit means I never, or rarely, get anything substantial written. I know approaching writing this way is … irrational, at the very least. I know it’s wrong. Everyone agrees on one thing, that writing is a craft, it takes work and it takes practice. You have to put in the time, even when you don’t feel like it. Take my friend and fellow writer S.M. Carriere. I know that she aims to write at least 3000 words a day, and very often succeeds. I *should* do this, but I don’t.
4. The Internet
See #1 on distraction. But the internet is its own special hell of distraction. There is so much to do! And often I can pretend that it’s “networking” or “platform building” HA!
So what is the solution? I’m not sure. I think I need to set myself a daily word goal, at least. Likely not 3,000 words, because I know myself. If it’s too hard to achieve I won’t do it. Maybe 1,500.
I also purchased some software to deal with the internet, specifically Freedom and Anti-Social. Got them both for $20. Here’s hoping I actually use them.
Unfortunately the laziness problem is typically only solved (for me) in one way. External accountability. I am incredibly bad at holding myself accountable to only myself.
If any of you have a solution or suggestions I am very open to hearing any and all!