Today’s Reverb 10 prompt:
Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)
I admit that when I first read this prompt this morning I thought that it wasn’t applicable to me. I mean, I’m not a writer. Karen Walrond? She’s a writer with a bona fide book launch today! That’s not me. Other people are writers. Not me. Later I remembered an interview that I had read with Gwen Bell where she talked about writing at the beginning of each day and then I remembered having read other things about using writing to unlock your creativity, in general. Certainly the writing I’ve done for Unravelling has unlocked things for me… So I guess you can see where I’m going with this… Late in the day I’ve decided that today’s reverb 10 prompt DOES apply to me. And here’s my response:
I don’t bloody know what gets in the way of my writing. I was quick to blame my DVR and the raft of stupid crap tv that is stacking up within it. But while the DVR is probably a contributor, I think it is more a symptom than a cause. When I get right down to it, I just find ways to keep myself busy so that the writing doesn’t get prioritized and then doesn’t get done. I think it’s the perfectionist in me (again!) that keeps me from trying to write something that turns out to be less brilliant than I think I am (clearly this blog is helping me get over THAT).
So, my commitment, in addition to deleting the entire season of House from my DVR, which I have recorded but never watched (sorry Hugh Laurie, love you!), is to write every day, either here or in my journal. I don’t know that I want to become a writer but I do know that the only way to become better at writing is to write. So that is what I will do.