Not Writing

I am always thinking about writing. All day long, all evening , and when I wake up in the middle of the night, I think about writing.

My problem is that I don’t write. I’m at a loss to explain why.

I have hundreds of ideas. Ideas for stories. Concepts for novels. Memories to share. Commentaries. Essays. Observations about people or the events taking place around me. Even the occasional journal entry.

I don’t turn my ideas into finished pieces. Hell, most of the time I don’t turn them into drafts.

I have the time to write, too. Not endless hours to write and re-write and ponder the meaning of each word, but enough time to move a piece forward, to finish a short note, or to tell a little story. I can choose to write when I have the time. I can choose to make the time to write.

But I don’t.

I find other things to fill the time. Sometimes useful, even important things, and sometimes I just waste time.

Setting little goals — a small daily word count, a short blog post, even a tweet or two – hasn’t worked. Taking a class hasn’t worked. Something has kept me from my keyboard for months, and I’m trying to fight through it and start writing again.

Here’s a start. We’ll see what happens next.

About Michael Withiam
Michael Withiam is a communicator and a leader, all of which he applies to his life as a writer, editor, journalist, business executive, community volunteer, and teacher. You can learn more about Michael by reading his full bio on this blog, visiting his LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, or by contacting him directly.

3 Responses to Not Writing

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  2. Good to see you writing again Michael and how wise to be outwitting it by writing about the not writing. That’s the way to conquer it!

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  3. Hey Michael, you are obviously having troubles. I’m sure you’ve asked yourself, do you want to write? Deep down to your bones want to write? Because if you do, then I’m sure you know the answer, you just have to do it.

    Take your idea and start asking yourself questions about it. Make a list of cool things that spark your imagination on one idea and then read it over. Is this what you want to write about? If not, then make another list about another idea until one catches your fancy so hard it’ll pull you by your belt, slap you into a chair, and force your hands to type out those cryptic words that you’ve been locking away from yourself.

    Go ahead, I dare ya. 🙂

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