W is for Writing

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?

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  1. One of the reasons I’d love to reacquire my family’s first computers (a 152K 1984 Mac and a 1993 Mac) is because there are no distractions from writing! Even when we got Internet on the ’93 Mac, the screen was too small to look at webpages at the same time as I wrote, and it could only load pages that were so big or graphics-heavy. I’ve cut down on a lot of the Facebook games I used to play, and now I can only play Solitaire games when I need to use my old computer, since the application is too old to be opened on my current primary computer.

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    1. An anti-distraction machine would be great, wouldn’t it? I know they make programs you can put on your computer that will block you from going online during a certain time you specify, and those are supposed to help with productivity. I fear they’re probably too easy to get around!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Wow, so much I agree with here. Love the “real me” comment. So true. I always feel different when I’m writing. Also love how you say writing is something you do, you don’t feel like you are wasting your time, or should be doing something else. Whenever I’m watching TV, I always feel like I’m wasting time and should be doing something else. Never when I write. AS for writing, I’ve been lax in my weekly story updates this month. But with the A-Z blog challenge I’ve been engaged in, can you blame me? At least I’m writing. Which is a good thing, because I’m a writer.

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    1. Absolutely! When I’m writing is the only time I feel calm and centered, and like I’m not slacking off. I guess that’s how we know it’s what we’re made to do, huh? I admit, I’m going to miss this challenge when it’s gone. I can’t believe it’s almost over!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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