Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My Top Ten Reasons for Not Writing

10. The cat was in my way. And sixteen pounds of fur laying between my hands and the keyboard is problematic.

9. I have to cook dinner, do laundry, vacuum, dust, mow the lawn... There are more than enough chores to be done, and I can't do any of them while I'm writing... Not that I was really wanting to do them, but they're still there.

8. It's too noisy. I mean, seriously, how can anyone write with the sound of trains and cars, the hum of the grainery, the tweeting of birds, the thumping of someone else's stereo...

7. NCIS is on. No, really. I can't miss an episode of NCIS, even when it's just a rerun on USA. Especially when it's one I've only seen a couple times.

6. I'm too tired. Especially since I stayed up to watch Election Coverage, and then the House marathon, and then... well, you get the drift.

5. The last rejection depressed me too much to write.

4. I can't write until I organize my desk. After all, a cluttered desk is distracting. Right?

3. I'm right in the middle of this book, and I have ten books piled behind it to be read. (Not to mention all those blogs I've been meaning to catch up on.)

2. My hands hurt from typing, my ass hurts from sitting here, and I have headache from staring at the computer screen.

1. It's football season. The Wolverines, the Packers, the Steelers, the Spartans, the 'Noles, the Colts... I bet there's even a game from the '70s on ESPN Classic. I know I haven't seen all of those yet. And of course, after football season there's baseball, and golf, and if I really stretched it, I could be watching hockey or tennis, and there's always poker on somewhere.

So, there are some of my excuses not to write. You'll notice none of them include total annihilation, or even hospitalization. Therefore (I tell myself)...



What are some of your excuses for not writing? We all have them, so fess up.



Kristen Painter said...

Well today my excuse is I'm sick and being upright makes me dizzy. Plus there's the meds, which make me fuzzy and sleepy. And so I'm back to the couch.

B.E. Sanderson said...

That sounds like a valid reason to me. :hugs: Feel better.

Debs said...

I think you've covered most of them. My main one is that my laptop is in the next room, and I'll have to get off my bum and walk to get to it.

Not really good enough, is it? Better get to it then.