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.
Mind you, fluff isn’t always a bad thing. Sure, it’s not as respectable as actual productivity; but it also brings levity—the much-needed reprieve in an ironically stressful time of year. That said, it’s been getting in the way of things I know I need to do:
writing book reviews (because more people need to read some of the books I’ve been reading lately), or working on my stories
getting Christmas shopping done and finalizing plans for the family holiday
making sure that I get all the important things done at work before I stuff my face with Christmas and New Year food go on vacation
I’m trying to dig my way out of this fun house, but it’s so soft and warm and wonderful and ohgodwhyleavethisplaceagain?
It’s one of those really unfortunate days when I end up being either too busy or too sick to write properly (in today’s case, it’s both – woe is me). So I’ll just leave you with this fan-made Nightwing show.
Love it? Hate it? Needs more Deathstroke? Let me know!
Oh man, this is horrible. And I don’t even have the excuse of having bad asthma this time (well, not TOO bad). What I AM suffering from is lack of sleep because I alternated between reading “Wheel of the Infinite” and playing two games – the Super Smash Bros demo for 3DS and Fire Emblem: The Awakening – last night. So I lack sleep. And I have plans to watch the final installment of Rurouni Kenshin with the significant other today. Yay me.
This means that I won’t be able to post my response for the Daily Post Writing 101 challenge today again. And I also won’t be able to work on writing a (non-blubbery) review of “The Magician’s Land”. Believe me, I’ve been trying to write it without sounding like a total fangirl, but I keep failing. I should probably give up on writing something impartial.