I got home from Job #2 tonight, changed into my comfy clothes, sat down on the couch and turned on the TV. 30 minutes into watching Jaws for the umpteenth time, I realized, I hadn’t written my post for today. “Next commercial break, I’ll start.” Movie comes back from the commercials and I realize I still haven’t opened my laptop. “I’m so tired. Work was exhausting today. Do I really have to write tonight?” Then I remember my goals I set for myself YESTERDAY. “You have to post every day!” I start to think about all the excuses I have not to write.
- I’m too tired
- One more episode of whatever show I’m currently binging
- Wesley (dog) is being really whiney and I have to go outside to get a break from him
- Bronson (cat) won’t stop walking on the laptop
- Everyone is going out to the bar and I want to go to
- I have writer’s block (this is the most common excuse)
I really could on. The excuses are endless. The thing about being creative is I can always come up with a reason NOT to do something and it will be a valid reason. (I am also great in an argument)
The weekends are really going to be the hardest part of sticking to my writing goals. After working 8 hours of retail on Saturday and Sunday, the last thing I want to do is think about anything. It will always be easier to lay on the couch, open a beer and turn on the TV. But becoming a published author isn’t easy. The things that come too easily never last or aren’t worth it. If I am going to finish my book, I need to be writing every day. That is the entire point of this blog. So starting today I will no longer accept excuses from myself for why I can’t write.
- I’m too tired Write for 30 minutes then you can go to sleep
- One more episode of whatever show I’m currently binging It will still be on Netflix when you’re done writing
- Wesley (dog) is being really whiney and I have to go outside to get a break from him Put the dog outside
- Bronson (cat) won’t stop walking on the laptop Close the cat in the back of the house
- Everyone is going out to the bar and I want to go to You can meet up with them after you write
- I have writer’s block (this is the most common excuse) Write a short story in 23 minutes
I got the 23 minute idea from the blog A Hole in Serenity. He attempted to write a short story during his train commute home from work. For me, starting with a blank page from scratch is sometimes daunting but if I can get in the habit of doing this every time I have writer’s block, I really think it will help.
Now, it is time to go work on my book for half an hour before I go to bed. I will wake up tomorrow; go back to Job #2, followed by family dinner. When I get home from all the chaos around 8 pm, I will be full of excuses not to write but now I will remind myself of all the reasons I should be writing.
What are some of your excuses not to write? Or just excuses not to do the things you should be doing?
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