I think too much.
For months now, I've been wanting to get back to some sort of regular writing routine. As in, writing a post for this site each morning, finishing or or two pieces for redbox's redblog every day, and then perhaps cranking out a Lost-related post over at Long Live Locke once a month... in addition to starting to work on another book in whatever spare time I might find.
But none of this has happened. Why? Because I think too much. I start worrying that the topic I'm mulling over in my head for this site is dumb, or that the post would be too short, or that not enough people will be able to relate to it... and on and on. I can come up with tons of excuses to talk myself out of the writing routine I am supposedly so desperate to return to.
Then there's the thousands (not an exaggeration) of emails I have yet to respond to, on top of the Facebook wall posts and messages and tweets awaiting replies... and the books I want to read, and the movies I have to watch (for my job), and the workout schedule I really need to get back to, and all of life's other daily distractions that eat up time -- and provide more excuses.
Those things aren't ever going to go away -- so why did I finally get off my behind and fire up the long-neglected "A to e" today? Because I was reminded of a quote -- one that, if I actually had a home office, I would frame and hang right above my head -- that simply states, "Writers write."
That's it. Writers write. So I need to get writing again -- a lot more than I do now (which is still quite a bit, considering my redbox gig) -- come hell or high water. I'm going to try (cue Yoda: "Do or do not. There is no try!") and dedicate twenty minutes a day to just blabbering on about whatever pops into my head when I sit down and log in to Blogger. Twenty minutes that will hopefully be pulled from time wasted scrolling through Twitter updates (I sense an "I hate Twitter... so why am I on it?" post brewing...) or other useless/unproductive things I catch myself falling victim to over the course of a typical morning, afternoon and night.
So that's my plan. Whether or not I'll be able to follow through with it is anyone's guess, and judging from the activity on this site over the past few years, I know the odds are against me. But I have to start somewhere, and for those of you still out there, I hope you're ready for a REALLY random assortment of post topics!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
I think too much.