Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
That’s funny, because I didn’t just start writing for a living. I have been forced to write almost every single day for the past 5.25 years. That’s nice, because I’ve never gotten out of the habit, even when I was mostly writing highly boring 75-word snippets for a staff newsletter.
Still, there are plenty of things that keep me from writing–both work-related and the novel/short stories/poems that I am always lugging around in my brain.
- There’s Wikipedia, Facebook, Flickr, Zen Habits (and other blogs) and now, #reverb10 entries.
- Bored to Death (definitely a writer’s TV show)
- Doing dishes
- Throwing pretend mice for feline companions
- Taking ridiculously long walks (not often enough)
- Watching movies
- Taking pictures (not often enough)
Really, I would like to spend more time taking long walks and pictures (they go well together) and less time reading the Internet, but it’s much harder to pretend I’m actually working when I’m traipsing through Prospect Park with my camera at 11 a.m.
So it seems fairly obvious that I need to stop acting on thoughts like, “I wonder how long it would take to drive to Ottawa?” and “How does the population of Oregon compare to that of the borough of Brooklyn?”(3.8 million : 2.5 million; that’s a density of 35 people/sq. mi. : 36,000 people/sq. mi.) And, “Caracas seems rad; it can’t be that dangerous can it?” (Yes.) And, this is the best rendition ever of this song:
Eliminating these pointless (albeit fascinating) distractions would make me write more for sure. But, more importantly, it would give me more time to take pictures. We’ll see how that goes.