When I Don’t Want to Write

I haven't blogged in two weeks. Why?

Things got too busy.

I've been reading more.

School has been my priority.

I've been tinkering with my new typewriter.

I could go on and on, but, simply, I haven't been writing because I "haven't felt like it." And that's a horrible excuse.

One of my favorite professors told me that if we only write when we feel like it, we'll never write. Instead, we've got to carve out a time to write. We've got to write even if it's pure crap (Anne Lamott calls this "the shitty draft.") We've got to wake up earlier, so that we can be creative.

I'm naturally a creative person, so when I don't get to create my life becomes boring and I become passive. Maybe you're the same way. We all get behind on hobbies because life takes over, but a select few of us lose more than space in our calendar, we lose a sense of meaning when we don't have time to create. If that's you, let's do a week of creativity together. It'll be like support group.

I'll start.

"Hi. I'm Jon, and it's been 14 days since my last writing session."

Now your turn.

The next step is coming up with a plan.

Here's my commitment for the next seven days: Wake up at 5 a.m. to write for an hour. What's your's?

William Faulkner said, "I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o'clock every morning."

My inspiration is going to come around at 5 for the next week. What about you?