Write in the middle of something

I find myself putting off creative work when it starts to feel like, you know, work.

I love writing when I’m done with it. But it’s work when I’m doing it. It’s quiet and lonely. It hurts my head sometimes.

Then I start thinking of all the other things I need to do before I can work on writing. Usually this involves the sudden, preposterous realization that the world is going to get hit by an asteroid that will wipe out the human race if I don’t organize my hallway closet right now.

So I do that, but you know what? I don’t feel as good about rearranging my coats as I do when I write a few nice paragraphs. Now that this fiction class has started, I need to really focus on sitting and writing no matter what.

And so do you. Whether your creative work is cooking, music, dancing, or painting, now is the time to work on it.

Here’s an excerpt from an article by Eric Maisel called “Focus on your writing.” Notice it’s not called “Focus on updating your Etsy favorites list.”

Write in the middle of things. There is never a perfect time to write. There are always worries, doubts, fears, duties and every manner of life pressure ready to get in the way. If you are to write, you will have to write “in the middle of things.”

Say to yourself, “Yes, I’m in the middle of cleaning, but I intend to write right now.” “Yes, I’m in the middle of an argument with myself about changing jobs, but I intend to write right now.” Once you acknowledge that you are always in the middle of something, you will stop waiting for some perfect time to write.

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2 Comments

  1. Diar A. says:

    I totally can relate. And thanks for that awesome quote, Amanda! I’ll always try to remember that :)

  2. Amanda says:

    Someone left a comment on this post and it automatically went to my spam folder and I accidentally deleted it. Oops.

    My response to the comment, which asked if it was okay to link to this post or quote me and then link back to my blog: Of course! Please do! Just properly attribute my words to me and anyone else’s words to the right person, and everything’s great.

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