As much as I love blogging (for one thing it makes me want to sit down and write, and I will try very hard to think of something to say), I’ve noticed that since I’ve started my blogs, all my writing energy is going to the blogs. I’ve kind of forgotten about the other things I’ve been working on. Maybe it’s the novelty of the medium for me, or maybe it’s just easier than writing fiction. After all, it’s easier to spout one’s opinion than to invent a universe. I suppose it all comes down to self-discipline. I tried to adhere that old rule of “Never a day without 500 words” but I can’t seem to stick to it.
Mystery writer Lawrence Block made an amusing observation in one of his books (or was it a magazine article? I’ll dig it up later) that “Most writers will go to great lengths to avoid being in the same room with their typewriters.” Obviously that was written some years ago before the invasion of home computers, but I still think it’s true. I tend to push my writing time to the bottom of my priority list, as if it’s too self-indulgent to usurp the position of the laundry, or cleaning the cat box on my list of things to do. And honestly, if the cat box isn’t clean, it’s hard to think about much else! ‘Cause, yeah, wow. Virginia Woolf declared a room of one’s own to be essential for the writer. I have a house of my own, but that’s almost the problem. Maybe I just need to give up the idea of the house in the suburbs, and get a small apartment in the city where I won’t be distracted by the idea that I better go mow the grass, or prune the shrubs, and so on.
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‘Twill ever be thus, Digital Dame! Believe me, the small city apartment also stymies you – so much LIFE out there, it would be remiss of you (as a writer) not to be observing it! 😉
But isn’t it a relief to know that so many successful writers also find it hard to get down to it? You’re in great company! I came upon this book of such reassurances yesterday: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0312361750/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/ – Might inspire you!
Thanks for the book tip, I love that stuff. They mentioned Dorothy Parker, my hero! 😉 I think I will have to have it.
ooo – let me know if I should succumb, too!
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