Excuses, Or The Lies We Tell Ourselves

I’ve written about this before, but it bares repeating: write every day!

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In the six months since my previous post, I’ve gotten better about writing at least one line every day. It’s not always for the same short story, and sometimes I cop out and count BOM blog writing as my writing of day, but I’ve gotten better.

Except I still have “cheat days” where I don’t write. I have excuses to protect myself: I didn’t have time, my laptop needs to charge, I have writer’s block, I wrote yesterday, etc.

"Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson
“Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson

And that was fine until I read an essay on excuses. The writer argued that all excuses can be boiled down to one idea: you didn’t make it a priority. They continued writing that, instead of giving an excuse of why you didn’t do something, say “I didn’t make it a priority.” From there, you have to ask yourself “why wasn’t it made a priority?”

Example: I didn’t text my dad back and didn’t make it a priority because he’s an asshole and I don’t care if he has to wait a couple of days to get an answer.

I’m a writer, so my writing has to be a priority. It should be up there with eating, petting kitties and day-dreaming about winning an Oscar. When I don’t make writing a priority, I’m placing my dreams behind playing Plants Vs Zombies 2. And that’s not okay.

 

Plants vs. Zombies 2
I do love killing zombies

 

The goal of telling myself to make my writing a priority is to reduce those cheat days down to one a month. Be it by guilt, by excitement or just because you know you should, creators need to work on their craft every day. No one is going to give you an award for clearing a level without using sunflowers.

So readers, what excuses do you use? What are you making a priority over your writing?

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