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.