How Not To Be A Writer

“I’ve got to be writing.  I have a few ways to make sure I can carve out time. Part One: Neglect everything else” -David Mitchell (quoted in The Atlantic.)

Like most writers, I don’t write enough.  I have a goal to write one hour every day. I have met that goal two days out of the past fourteen and I’m beating myself up about it.

How NOT to be a writer:

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Have other, very involved interests.

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Read.

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Socialize.

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Commit to other activities.

How to be a writer:

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Have experiences.

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Study writing.

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Talk over your ideas with others.

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Think about your plot problems while your hands are busy.

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And then, actually write.

I gotta work on that last one.

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