A writer writes, right?

Heh, that was punny.

So, if I ever want to write, I need to just shut up and write. So many people, books, articles, and signs all say the same thing – shut up and do it.  How do you prioritize things so that you can accomplish the things you want to, along with the things that you need to?  I have a lot of things I want to do, I’m just inherently lazy – or that’s just the excuse that makes sense for right now.

“Make the time” is the most common response.  So, how do I make it so that there are more than 24 hours in a day?  Seriously though, I’ve read so many articles about successful people and how they have a routine in the morning where they get up early, go to the gym, write/read/organize things for their day, all before 9am.  You know what my routine is?  I wake up at 6am, stumble downstairs to make Gillian’s lunch, go up and shake the two of them out of bed, and then slide back into that delicious warm spot that hasn’t even started to cool yet, and pass out for another two hours.  Not productive, but damn that alarm going off at 8 feels good.

So the question is, what do I want?  Which task is more important?  Ideally, that 6am time is a perfect opportunity for me to do a lot of different things.  I could spend more time with the kids, but in truth, neither of them is super chatty in the morning, so I think all I’d accomplish there is annoy them right before school.  (Yes, I’m one of those morning people).

I could sit down and write for an hour at least, but they don’t leave until close to 7am, and truthfully, with them puttering around and how I’m easily distractable (squirrel!), I know that all I would accomplish is to sit and Facebook until the gray matter in my head turned to jelly, but at least I’d finish that level of Candy Crush (woo!).

Or, I could do what I had originally planned on doing, and have managed to find every excuse not to do – get up, wake the kids up, get Gillian’s lunch made, grab my bags and just leave.  Bring my clothes with me and go to the gym across the street from my office – I know, how simple.  Workout for a bit, take a shower and get dressed, and go to my office where I can write for a while, or even *GASP* develop something (I’m part manager, part database developer).

So what’s stopping me?  My bed has gotten compliments from everyone who has lain down on it (get your minds out of the gutter you sick bastards), and according to everyone I work with – I look exhausted so I feel like I should definitely go back for another two hours, definitely (wapner).  Even on the days I’m not really tired, I get the same reaction from people.  It’s kinda sad actually.

I guess the conclusion is the same as the intro – shut up and do it.

How do you do the things you want to do?

3 thoughts on “A writer writes, right?”

  1. You want to write more than you want to do Time Taker-upper X.

    You’d rather write badly than not at all, or you stop caring about whether what you write is actually good or not until after you’ve written it.

    You drink lots of water, exercise, eat right, get plenty of sleep, and spend as much time as you can with people you love. Because all of THAT rewarding discipline spills over into your writer self.

    You find and use an app that locks you offline for hours at a time.

    You experiment with the “when” until you find something that works for you. Maybe a block of time every Sunday, treated as sacred, or a more pointillist style when you’re jotting things down here and there as they come to you until the feeling that there’s something there there pulls you out of bed at 6am.

    Play with it. Become a writer in the process of playing with writing.

    And no, you aren’t lazy. You’ve made choices, negotiated with yourself, that work for you. You can change them any time.

    And yes, sometimes it’s about sitting your ass down and getting through the feeling of AAAGHHGHH that hits you where you wish calm word-flow would be. Write about that, then.

    Practice writing more than you practice not writing.

    p.s. All of the above are imo’s and I admire you big-time for getting ready for this pivot.

    1. Thanks Christine, you’re absolutely spot on. I’ll play around with some stuff. I just keep having this recurring nightmare where I’m mid-fifties and I get laid off, can’t get another manager position, and my dev skills are shot. Want to prepare for my ‘fun’ career, tho I know it’ll be a lot of work.

      I especially like the practicing writing more than not writing. Really good point 🙂

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