Monday, June 22, 2015

Top five Pathetic Excuses for Not Writing

To quote Britney Spears, "Oops, I did it again."

Sorry, folks. deadlines are crushing me. These are basically going to be quick responses and apologies for things like last week when I completely forgot.

So, sorry!

And, moving on:

Okay, so this week we talk about why people don't write. As in the top reasons for not writing. I'm going to respond to that.

1) "I'd like to write novel, if I could ever find the time."

Yeah. What the hell is found time? I'm not Doctor Who. I have no TARDIS. I MAKE THE TIME. Since I started writing I've worked a full time job every week, excepting only vacations, one month where I was unemployed and there months when I was forced to remain off my feet as a result of knee surgery.

Again, and with feeling, I wrote a full novel in three weeks, while taking are of my ailing wife and working a full-time job. Because I wanted it. because I STILL want it.

You have time to watch a movie? Watch a few shows? Catch up on your Video games? You have time to write.

My frequent co-author Charles R. Rutledge does MOST of his writing in the hour after he gets out of bed. I know at least three separate writers who have been published professionally on numerous occasions who do most of their writing on the subway or train into work every day.

2) "I don't know where I'd begin."

At the beginning. Duh. Next!

3) "I have kids. I have no time. I have a spouse, I have no time."

Kids: Most of them go to school. The ones too young for school have to take naps. I don;t care if they're ADHD. Make them nap anyway. It's called "Downtime of the parental unit." There's 45 minutes of free time. Work with it. The spouse? Thank GOD for spouses! They can watch the kids during your one hour of "me time" every day.

Also, there are several members of this board who can tell you how hard it is to work with kids, and yet, here they are, published. So, yeah....

4) "I don't know how to write."

There are books for that. And editors. Next!

I used both. Still do.

One other writer I know would simply respond with, "Cool. less competition for me." Said author doesn't really believe in completion. Said author believes that the more writers, the better, but has ZERO tolerance for quitters. Yes, I said quitters.

5) "I could never make a living that way."

Yeah. Neither can 98% of the other would be writers. Want to know who succeeds? The other 2% Hey, maybe I'm being a pessimist and it's closer to 10%. What do I know? I'm a writer.

You want it bad enough, you'll get there. I'm not really usually this bark, but, again, deadlines. You know, for stuff I sold.

You want to make excuses, kindly get out of the way and let the serious writers come on through. Does that sound mean? Wait'll you get your first rejection letter, cupcake. (Yes, I'm being snarky. It's what I do.)

I'd like to hang around and chat some more, but I need to get back to the 6,000 word minimum I have to take care of today, before I can take a break.

I could make excuses, but I'd rather follow my dreams. Sometimes that requires sacrifice and hard work. Okay, most times. Constantly. It's not just a job, it's a career.

Below, please find several reasons as to exactly why your excuses are wasted on me.


  1. LOL, yes.

    And if you only want to write to make a living, don't quit your day job. Chances are - even if you're only making minimum wage - you're still making more per hour than most writers. You write because you love it, and if you love it, you'll find a way to do it.

    Great post, James. =o)

    1. Thank you very kindly! And yes, first and foremost it's a labor of love. but as the Word-Whores motto says, "Writing is like prostitution...."

  2. I have been guilty of procrastinating just shamed me into writing...

    That translates to:THANK YOU!

  3. Number 3. I let too many excuses intrude.
    Adulting is hard. But if I don't write my stories it's no one's fault but mine. (: