Inspired by a discussion with a fellow writer earlier today, I’m trying to figure out how to do it all.
I’m told that great writers read a lot. Writers also have to write a lot. Whether this is true is, of course, a matter of conjecture.
What isn’t conjecture is that there are only so many hours in a day – 24, by most reckoning – as well as days in a lifetime. In other words, there are boundaries. If I’ve learned anything in my life, it’s that you can’t do everything. Believe me, I’ve tried. Now you don’t have to because I’ve told you and I wouldn’t lie.
Plus, I’m writing this blog.
On top of all that reading and writing (thankfully no ‘rithmetic), there’s life. Life takes up all my time. Even weekends. As one of my heroes wrote, we all have dots we’re committed to connect: pay bills, keep in touch with friends and family, exercise, go to the bathroom, feed ourselves, return calls, clean the house, buy Stuff, fix Stuff, store Stuff, throw away Stuff, pay taxes, fill the gas tank, balance the checkbook. You get it. Somewhere in there we need to pull back and recharge, too.
That list looks really important when it’s staring me down. Like most people, I generally submit to the Tyranny of the Urgent. Everything else – writing included – gets pushed down until it decomposes into compost, stinky and filthy but suitable for planting seeds, one would hope.
So when do I get the real Writing done?
I love this post. When it comes to writing I get stuck a lot, probably because at the moment I have to work so hard and everything seems to count for so much. I find your insight refreshing, and it makes me feel so much better about my own stuck days.
Now if I could make myself feel better about it! Confession: I did not go off an write. It was worth it just to hear your encouragement, though. Thanx for commenting…
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