PROMPT TWO | WRITING
Writing. What do you do each day that doesn't contribute to your writing -- and can you eliminate it? (Author Leo Babauta of Zen Habits)
From my perspective as a storyteller, most things I do throughout the day have the potential to contribute to my writing. The stories I write - the actual content - come from living all the parts of my life. The good. The bad. The boring. The crazy. The in-between. The times when I'm on track and the times when I'm off. The day-dreams. The to-do lists.
So what do I do that doesn't contribute to my writing?
Maybe it's when I make things more complicated than they need to be. I've definitely written about that before and it's something that easily gets in the way of getting anything substantial written. I'm actually doing this as I write this post tonight. I'm typing and deleting and typing again.
Maybe it's moving other tasks to the top of my to-do list. The writing can wait. It's a form of procrastination - my excuse is that I'm waiting for the words to come even though I know that the words will come when I actually sit down and give the project my full attention.
Maybe it's doing too many things at once and not simply settling in to write. I'll start something and I'm easily distracted by something else - another project on my table, an email, tweetdeck, a piece of paper on my desk, the piles of paper on my floor, etc. These things can definitely be eliminated as roadblocks to writing. Clean the place up! I'm also thinking about heading to a coffee shop tomorrow morning so I can take care of some writing I need to do without the distractions of my regular work-space.
Good thought-provoking prompt Leo - thank you. Sounds like I need to read your new book.
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