How to Avoid Writing and Other Lame Excuses

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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.

So…

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  • 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.

 

Buried in Fluff

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I need help.

I’ve been meaning to write my review of “Paper Planes Back Home” by Tara Frejas (which is an amazing book, by the way) and polish another chapter for my ongoing Wattpad stories.

Instead, I got myself buried in fluff.

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I’ve been feeling so burned out that I find myself devoting my free time to either sleep or “non-essential” activities such as:

Oh, and Facebook. The ultimate time sink, that.

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 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?

Have any tips for me? Anyone?

Taking a Hump Day Break

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So many things happening, so few hours in the day!ReadinginBetween_Too TiredSeriously, though, the raffle for enjoyable reads is still ongoing, and I’m doing test prints for the giveaways on Saturday:

Aren’t they amazing? 😀 My awesome significant other drew them, and he makes art (check out his Gundam Baymax!).

At the same time, my team at work has a bunch of projects in the pipeline (we just completed one earmarked as “urgent”). I’m so worried about those, on top of the launch, that I’m barely sleeping.

So I’ll just rest for now, and dream of being a superhero who’ll never get tired of saving the world.

See you tomorrow (and, if we’re lucky, on Saturday?).

For now, I leave you with the new episode of The Flash.

Still KO’d, But Will Definitely Catch Up

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.

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Thank god for Coke.

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.

To make up for it, I’m leaving you with David Sedaris and chicken feet.

You’re welcome.