So you want to avoid writing. Don’t worry; you’re not being judged here. You have your reasons. We all have our
reasons excuses. It’s okay.
What’s not okay is feeling bad about it. And, more often than not, we only feel bad about not doing what we’re supposed to do when our
terror of the written word avoidance doesn’t feel meaningful. As long as they have meaning, even the lamest excuses for not writing can be a good thing.
- Pay attention to your loved ones. If you have friends, family, and pets, then you know that you need to spend some time with them on a regular basis. Yes, even if they don’t seem to appreciate the hugging. They have no choice and neither do you. SPREAD THE LOVE.
- Focus on another passion/project. Contrary to popular belief, people don’t have just ONE passion to sustain them for the rest of their lives. We all have multiple interests, no matter how we may “brand” ourselves for the rest of the world. Writers aren’t just writers. They can be knitters. Or serial killers. Don’t be afraid to indulge!
- Learn something new. Whether it’s for an existing hobby (learn new vintage stitches for knitting!) or a totally new thing (watercolor painting!), it’s always good to learn something you didn’t know before. It’s one of the best things about having human brains—we either learn or become YouTube commenters.
- Watch all the things. The new X-Files series is out. In fact, tons of shows are coming back after the holidays. This is a great time to check them out and figure out why we enjoy them in the first place (is it the megaplots or the subplot? WHY DO I SHIP GARETH AND MADALENA IN GALAVANT?). Just because you’re not writing stories right now doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate them.
- Sleep. You need this. Don’t argue with me. We all need this. There are consequences to avoiding sleep. And besides, sleeping is NOT doing nothing. It’s an energy-gathering ability. Embrace it.
Of course, in the end, you can’t help how you feel. So there are really only two ways to approach excuses for not writing:
- Replace writing with excuses that actually have meaning for you.
- If everything else is meaningless, you have no excuse and you have to write.
That’s the long and short of it, really.