Workout Wednesdays – Build Your Writing Practice
What a beautiful day! The sun is shining and the clear blue skies beckon to me. Just enough wind keeps the bugs and the temperature down. I long to be outside, especially since predictions call for a cold front with highs only into the 50’s and 60’s this weekend.
I have scheduled my writing time and it is now. But I could wait until tomorrow, when it will be cold, dreary, and windy. That is a better time to write, right?
Most writers have similar conversations with ourselves. Why? Why do we try to justify our way out of practicing our passion? There could be any number of reasons. The best way to recognize and avoid them is to recognize the excuses.
5 Excuses Not to Write – and why to write anyway
1. I don’t have time to write; I have too much to do today.
This excuse comes in many forms, like the one I describe above. I combat this by setting an appointment with myself, which I wrote about in One Thing Every Writer Must Do Today and in When to Write. To be a professional writer, one thing we must do is write. Sometimes, we must think of it like a job or the four-letter word: work. The simple truth is: you don’t have time not to write.
2. I don’t have anything to write about.
This feeling, often referred to as writer’s block, can be overcome. There are many tools available to help us do just that. There’s the copy book idea I discussed in Jump Start for Writer’s Block. You can also look in the Stacking Stones Writers archives; every Photo Friday gives a picture you could write about. Also in our blog archives, Monday throughout the month of June was a writing challenge with several different suggestions. No excuses for this excuse.
3. I’m too exhausted and stressed to write.
Especially for writers, writing should be considered a form of self care. Writers have a need to get our words out. Try sitting still, taking a deep breath, and putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. Still nothing? Try the copy book method; it’s my favorite tool for this excuse.
4. The odds of being published are too high.
True, particularly if you haven’t got anything to submit, don’t put the time into editing, and don’t pursue writing as your passion. Writers write to get the words out of themselves and on to a page. Not many writers write to get rich or famous; that’s a bonus only a few receive. Get published by entering contests or submitting to literary magazines. If you haven’t already, follow Poets and Writers for ideas on getting published and more.
5. Writing is hard.
Definitely true. Remember the joy you get when reading a great book, essay, article, or poem? Chances are, that piece did not just magically flow onto the page. The work was edited, re-edited, and edited again. The writer thought about it a lot, slaved over it, sometimes even cried over it. It took time and effort to write and even more time and effort to get it published. Writing is work, but it is also a drive, a passion, and a worthwhile thing to do. As Louis L’Amour said, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
No more excuses!
Write. Write now!
Let me know if you need an accountability partner, or if you wrote even one sentence, great or mediocre, post it here. Be sure to let me know if I can help.
Happy writing… ~T
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