It’s As Easy As Writing a Bike

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I have not written a post in about two weeks and I’m here to tell you that, unlike riding a bike, you do forget how to do it after a while.

What used to be easy becomes difficult.  What used to be difficult becomes impossible.

And the worst part of it all is the loss of confidence in our writing abilities that sets in like root rot after a week or two.

Or maybe it isn’t so much a loss of confidence as it is the acquisition of laziness.

I could write a great blog post.  But I’d rather watch one more YouTube video about someone who repurposed a McDonald’s dumpster into a travel trailer.

I can’t even pretend that that is research for an upcoming blog post or story.  It’s just laziness.

I think one of the primary problems with writing is that it doesn’t pay diddly-squat and so one must do something else to earn filthy lucre.  That “something else” is what people sarcastically refer to as a “day job”.

Once one has a day job, writing is exiled to the tiny little island of time left over at the end of the day after one’s day job is complete, the shopping is done, dinner is prepared, eaten, and cleaned up after, a load of laundry is put on, and everyone else in the house has bedded down.

That is when the writer rubs his hands eagerly and says, “Now I can finally get some writing done!”

Or, I can fall asleep in this chair while watching a rerun of “Wings” on TV.

 

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20 comments

  1. I agree completely about the writing becoming more difficult when it’s done irregularly. I tend to write my blog posts in batches when I’m in the writing mood, and I always kick myself later because then it’s harder the next time. I do love to write, and I need to make sure I’m doing it routinely, because that’s when the ideas really flow, and when I can get a post ready with very few revisions. My problem is a day job, yes, but also that when I’m editing a lot, I have almost no time to write for myself. A catch-22, really, because I’m super happy for steady editing work, but at the same time, I tend to put all else aside during book edits.

    My goal for the upcoming months (NOT to be confused with a New Year’s resolution) is to write for a portion of each day, even if it’s only 20-30 minutes, so that I can get my ideas on paper and make the writing a regular part of my daily schedule.

    Your blog posts and stories are always, always well written and entertaining, so don’t be too discouraged. Even if it’s difficult for you to get the words on a page, they’re still quality words.

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    • I like your plan of writing a little bit each night … especially on nights when I don’t feel like it. I think I’ll adopt that plan, too!

      And thank you for the encouragement. As fellow writers, we all need it from time to time.

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  2. Sorry Biff, I didn’t notice you hadn’t posted in two weeks. I did notice I had less blogs to delete. My day job is a magician, which people ask, “What is your day job?”
    Remember, “What is the difference between a writer and a large pepperoni pizza? A large pepperoni pizza can feed a family.” Back to my blogging before 4PM show time.

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    • Not a problem, Pat. I also hadn’t noticed that I haven’t posted in two weeks until I went back and looked. Time sure flies by when we’re not paying attention!

      Love the quote about the pepperoni pizza! It’s so true.

      Happy blogging!

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  3. I think you’re right to a degree, the longer we stay away from blogging the more ho-hum we become. Life generally has a tendency to take over until wham, something happens to pique our writing again. It always feels good to jump back on, I must admit. Happy weekend Biff.

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    • It is the great paradox of writing. When our lives are interesting or exciting, we don’t have the time to write. But when things are dull and we have the time to write, we have nothing to write about.

      That’s why most of my writing is about having nothing to write about. 😀

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  4. I’ve been in a slump lately, too. That whole ‘life gets in the way’ thing is getting me down. BUT, I know that writing will return. I tend to write a bunch of posts all at once and then have a dry spell for a while. My backlog is pretty thin. Ok, it’s darn close to empty. But then, some weird thing will strike my fancy and I’ll be off to the races. You’ll find your way back. And that whole bicycle thing…pah*! It’ll be like you never skipped a beat.

    *you thought I was going to ‘pffft’ you, didn’t you? Gotta keep you guessing! ;P ❤

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    • I understand completely, Linda. It’s easy to get discouraged when the “must do” parts of our lives consume all of our “want to do” time. And, just like you told me, hang in there! We’ll always find our way back to fulfilling our inspirations at the keyboard.

      And thank you for the “pah”! I needed it. Sometimes it is like the swift kick in the derriere that I need sometimes. Not quite as motivating as a good “pffft”, but still quite effective! 😀

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    • That sounds awesome, Toni. And I understand completely about the paradox of finally getting the time to do what one likes, but only at the expense of getting older. I am nearing retirement and I am greatly looking forward to having lots of free time to write. But I sure wish I’d had that free time when I was in my 20s and 30s! 🙂

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  5. I may have shared this before, but it’s a great quotation from the artist Chuck Close. I know several artists who keep it in their studios, and I re-read it from time to time, too.

    “The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.

    If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you.

    If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.

    Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive.
    You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work,
    and I find that’s almost never the case.”

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    • Hi Linda! That is an excellent quote and I have read it before (perhaps from you, but I can’t remember). It is great advice and I do try to follow it. I don’t know how many pieces I have started with the words, “I have no idea what to write about, but I’m going to write anyway …”

      And, in a way, that’s what this post was. It was just me forcing myself to write. I originally started it with the words, “I have no idea what to write about, but I’m going to write anyway …”, but deleted that line once I had managed to write the entire post.

      If I only wrote when inspiration struck, I’d only write about 4 posts a year! And on top of that, I am hardly ever near a keyboard when inspiration strikes! 😀

      I hope you’re having an awesome weekend so far! Thanks for stopping by.

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    • “Wings” was an American sitcom that ran from 1990 to 1997. It was about two brothers who ran a small airline at a tiny little airport in Nantucket, Massachusetts. It was a cozy little ensemble sitcom that had innocuous story lines and quirky (but not too quirky) characters. It is pure escapism.

      In telling you all this, I think I may have dated myself somewhat.

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