This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge–blogging every day in the month of April (except Sundays!) with each letter of the alphabet.
Of course writers write, that’s why we’re called that. We can also at times be called editors and procrastinators and coffee and wine connoisseurs, but hopefully that’s not the bulk of what we do. I thought about using W for ‘Wasting Time’ because I do a lot of that, but I wanted to be encouraging instead–and not admit to my own slacking. Though of course I just did.
So many things can distract a writer from writing. ‘Real life’ of course takes our time and we can’t fight that–jobs and family, chores, errands, the necessities of life in general. Some things we can avoid, but they’re so tempting: mindlessly browsing online, incessantly checking our reviews, TV shows we need to catch up on, and just generally being lazy. Of course to be writers we have to write, and sometimes I admit I sit down to it with a lot of moaning and a great big sigh, but once I get into it I feel a lot better about myself and the work.
It doesn’t matter how you write as long as you do it. You can write on paper or tap away on a computer, you can do it at a coffee shop or hidden away in a closet. Nothing else makes me feel like writing does. I feel like myself when I write, and it’s the only time I don’t feel like I’m wasting time and should be doing something else. Writing is part of my soul and I know a lot of other writers feel the same way. It can be a lot of hard work, but it’s good, happy work, too.
How about you, do you have to make yourself stop procrastinating and just write? How do you motivate yourself?