Don’t Stop Writing

I mean it. Don’t stop. If you have any desire whatsoever to be a writer, than what are you waiting for? I had the unfortunate experience of tricking myself into an unintentional hiatus and let me tell you…it was awful.

The guilt of not-writing is a beast. It is a monster with slimy tentacles, constantly clinging to your back and slapping you in the face at the most inopportune times. Grocery shopping, you pick up a tomato, SLAP! You need to write, your main character LOVES tomatoes. At a concert, feeling the bass in your lungs, hands in the air, SLAP! You need to write, this will be a great nonfiction piece. Watching a movie, eating some popcorn, just enjoying life in general, SLAP! You should write a kickass review of this. He’s a tenacious thing, this beast.

And if you don’t give in to his demands, what happens? You think he’s content with that? To shrivel up into nothing and wither away into the ether dream of your imagination? Hell no. He complains. Loudly. Frequently. He likes to bring up the incredible backlog of ideas that you’ve utterly ignored for days. He mentions that despite all those ideas, there are still others that are long gone, forgotten in the monotony of doing the dishes or taking showers or other pointless mortal activities. He snarkily adds that if you had tentacles, you could write even faster, but it doesn’t matter much because you don’t write with the two hands you have anyway. He’s a bit of a douche.

The only way to quiet him is to simply write. Take some time out of your day and let yourself write. It could be five minutes or two hours; the beast knows not of what you call “time.” You created this monster, after all. He’s your responsibility. Your beast could have been slapping you about piano practice, or learning spanish, or being more organized…but you chose writing, and so you must write.

You’ll feel so much better.

7 thoughts on “Don’t Stop Writing

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  2. I love this! Thank you for the inspiration. Life sometimes throws us curveballs that prevent us from doing what we love. I love writing, and although my life has made this difficult, I’m moving forward. I will keep writing now, no matter what, and this blog post has inspired me to stick to my plan! Thank you and have a great day!

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I’ve been sitting down at my desk for the last hour thinking about writing instead of actually doing it and then your comment popped up, making me re-read this article. It helps me just as much! Happy writing to you!


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