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A large part of my problem writing is not taking time to write

Posted by joeabbott on October 9, 2016

I like keeping up a blog; collecting thoughts, sharing interesting aspects of them, and crafting that message in a way that’s entertaining or informative. Good stuff for the story teller in me. But, I’m just not making time for it.

Over time I’ve changed from a night-owl to a morning-guy, but I two habits are impacting my writing efforts.

I normally write on weekends because I have found that I work best in the morning. It’s easier to create a thought in the quiet of the day, my mental processes are less tangled by the many other things that will tangle them as the day wears on, and there’s time itself … no obligations to run a quick errand while some store or other is open and no schedule collision with Suzanne on any variety of things we do together.

But when the weekend arrives I find that I nearly always stay up just a bit later, rebelling against the “school night” curfews, and wanting to enjoy a bit more of the day in hours that end in “PM”. But, the flip side to this is that there are fewer of those hours the next morning when I’m up late. The second habit that is killing my writing is gaming: in recent days, after feeding cats and reading the paper, I’ll hop on my Xbox and explore a digital world rather than create my own.

While I enjoy both staying up late and gaming, identifying the problem and really asking myself to prioritize them against writing will help me, if not find the right balances, at least put the components to be weighed in that equation in the right pans.

So, while I slept in a bit today, having stayed up late with Suzy to watch a second movie together, I am foregoing a morning romp through Rapture (the underwater city in the game Bioshock) to spend a little time at the keyboard. And like any assayer whose scale is working properly, I may not be necessarily richer, but I’m keeping life in better balance.


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