Adventures in Writing a Novel

Why do I feel unproductive when I write? #writing #amwriting #writerproblems

It never fails.

That feeling of guilt whenever I sit down at my computer to write.

Guilt? Over what?

Guilt over the fact that I’m sitting down in front of my computer to either work on my current manuscript or even this blog when I have so much other stuff to do in my life. What stuff? Um, laundry, dishes, cleaning, or even spending time with the kids.

It’s foolish really. I mean, it’s not like I sit down in the morning and don’t get up until night time. It’s not like I never get the laundry or dishes washed, dried, and put away, or that my house is a messy disaster. It’s not like I ignore my kids by plunking them down in front of the TV day in and day out, never to play with them. Still, though, when there are chores to be done, shouldn’t I do them? Like, right then and there?

A part of me says yes, while the other part of me says no.

It’s been no secret of mine that I don’t get a lot of time to myself—especially, time to write. If I want the books to get done, then I have to face the truth that, sometimes, I need to push aside the dishes, the laundry, and the cleaning for at least an hour or two.

After all, writing is not a hobby, it’s my career.

It’s not a hobby, it’s my career.

It’s not a hobby, it’s my career.

Everyday, people wake up and forgo chores for the sake of their jobs. They work from 8am to 5pm in order to “bring home the bacon”. Of course, I’m not bringing home much bacon. In fact, my “pig” is running a little on the lean side, however, it’s still a foot in the door. I, certainly, don’t want to end my career with just three novels on the market.

So with that in mind, I know I need to write. I need to make time to write. I need to not feel guilty about chores and write. I shouldn’t feel unproductive, I shouldn’t feel guilt. I should know that even though it may look like I’m doing nothing, I’m really doing something rather important. Right?

Right?

So darling followers, do you ever feel like you’re being lazy when you write? How do you cope with those feelings?

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4 thoughts on “Why do I feel unproductive when I write? #writing #amwriting #writerproblems

  1. I second your affirmation for yourself. Just do it babe. As for me, I don’t have deadlines for writing. I actually feel guilty when I do chores instead of write, because I think I should be writing. Sometimes I purposely do chores to avoid writing. 😛 I don’t have kids though, and hearing about your life exhausts me. Heh. You know what they say, they’ll always be something in the ‘inbox’ to do, so we have to leave it sometimes.

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