Writing.The answer to this one is so easy and the answer to it so simple and actionable that I am embarrassed.
What do you do each day that doesn't contribute to your writing – and can you eliminate it?
I watch television. I turn it on when I get up and leave it on most of the day. It is the background noise while I work and is in constant demand of my attention. I am watching it right now. In fact, I am watching a Melissa Joan Hart Christmas movie right now.
If this isn't a sign that I've got a problem, I don't know what is.
Once upon a time not so long ago, I used alcohol and drugs to numb my brain. It's a busy place up there, and a heavily emotional place at that, so I used chemicals as the shortest route to a quieter mind. What I didn't seriously take into account until today was that I have been using television in the same way. Television may be irritating and creatively hampering, but it distracts. Part of the reason I took on sobriety is because my creativity and my life are too important to put in second place next to what only amounts to distraction from them.
So, I've quit smoking and I've quit drinking, and, if I am to follow that rule of threes, I suppose I should quit television now, too.
Next thing you know I'll be doing yoga and eating whole foods.
I'm going to have to start pureeing kittens into my morning smoothies to balance out my life if this goodness keeps up.
If you count yourself as a writer, what keeps you from it? Is there anything you do on purpose to distract yourself from writing?
PS. The new photo on Phoneography today is a portrait of my grandmother.
PPS. I don't drink smoothies in the morning. Yet. One step at a time, people. One step at a time.