My Problem With Writing

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!

One thought on “My Problem With Writing”

  1. Hey! Thanks for the shout-out!

    I think you’re on the right path with setting a word count (1000 a day is usually typical for most people). Author Steven Erikson, in an interview he did once, mentioned that he didn’t bother with word counts at all, but set aside a specific number of hours to do nothing but write. In his case, I think it was three hours a day. How little or how much he wrote depended on the day. You could try that approach. Sometimes focussing on the word count can be a little paralysing (and upsetting if you don’t reach your goal… for me at least!).

    The software you bought should be able to minimise the distractions for that set writing time, too.

    Just a thought.

    Thanks again and good luck!

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