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A Writing Hiatus
A Long Time Ago...
...I seemed to be more committed to writing than I have been in the past however many months. Well, maybe I shouldn't call it "writing"...perhaps "blogging" or "hubbing". Point being, it never really occured to me until literally seconds ago that my life is truly, truly boring. Yes, everyone says that, but here is what my day looks like: work from 5AM-1PM, come home and let the dog out, maybe make dinner (lately we've been on a cereal diet, merely from laziness and not lack of preparation), I might get off the couch once or twice to get a drink, and then bed. And the whole time I'm lounging, I'm either playing solitare on my laptop or watching "The Office" for the millionth time. I never considered how colorless and uninteresting I was becoming without this part of me; every aspect of me was slowly fading away into this big blob that was blending into our couch.
I don't owe anyone an explanation...except to myself. While I never really considered myself to be a serious writer, it's always been a nagging aspiration of mine. And I've even written hubs advising others how to get started, what to do if, God forbid, WRITER'S BLOCK ever became an issue. But the truth is, writer's block has kept me from doing anything productive for far too long.
Avoiding My Pitfalls
It has been my curse for months now: I've let life get in my way instead of using it to continue writing. There have been amazing, tragic, amusing, inspirational, and out-of-the-ordinary things that have occured, so why have I not been using them as topics for my hubs? Why have I not taken my experiences and turned them into helpful hubs or funny accolades? BECAUSE I NEVER TOOK MY WRITING SERIOUSLY. To some, this is simply blogging, sharing opinions, or even getting to know others. For others, this is a stepping stone for getting a foot in the door, maybe creating an outline for the great novel that's going to make Harry Potter take the back seat for decades to come.
Here's the bottom line: If you want to write, then do it. EVERY DAY. Whether it's a line or two, 250 pages, or even revising an old poem from college, the writing life is not just about creativity. It's something that must be a disipline, something that is habit, like brushing your teeth. Utilize your life. Take advantage of the five minutes of commercials.