On Writing: or not


The funny thing with having lots more time is that you waste a lot more of it.

Despite now having the luxury of sitting at my desk uninterrupted for several hours a day, should I so wish, I cannot seem to put pen (virtual or otherwise) to paper.

I desperately want to get some of the words out of my head, but they are proving tricky to catch and tame.

Photos I can do. Narratives on a day out I can do. The Prompt I can do.

Anything more meaningful, thoughtful, difficult, interesting, important, emotional.

Nope, just not happening.

I have so many ideas! [So many in fact, that other people keep writing them first and I think damn, they nailed it; let’s put that one back in drafts for awhile. *ahem*]

So what’s stopping me, really?

Time. It feels like I have too much of it, and not enough.

But is that really the case?

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to’.
Lao Tzu

Perhaps I am trying to do the wrong things. Perhaps I am trying to write what I feel I should, or what I think people want to read. Perhaps I should just be writing, anything at all. Perhaps I am overthinking everything!

So, I’m taking a week off.

From Sunday, I will be on a virtual holiday.

If I write something, I might publish it. I might not.

There will be no linking. There will be no Prompt (it will be back on 1 November).

I will waste some time. I will luxuriate in the time that I have. I will spend some time on me.

And hopefully, I will catch some of those tricky words and get them out of my head and onto paper.

Because, perhaps all I need to do is leave them alone for awhile.

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone. Alan W. Watts


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37 thoughts on “On Writing: or not”

  1. Oh thank goodness it’s not just me! I feel like I’ve been faffing since my youngest started school in August. Having so much time is overwhelming me with the possibilities and I’m taking on too much unnecessary nonsense. I’ve just had a week off myself, and feel I’ve garnered some clarity about how I should best be using my time… So I’m going to go and do something else right now, and I’ve got a hairdressers appointment in the morning!

    1. That’s exactly it, overwhelmed by time. I suspect I’ve been trying to cram so much in that I’ve ended up failing to do anything properly, a break was much needed!

  2. Interesting quote on making excuses with time – I am constantly using that excuse – I feel like I have so much less time than I did 18 months ago – back when I used to link up to the Prompt every week. And then when I find a window of an hour somewhere I find that it’s too much pressure and my mind goes blank. I’ve literally never blogged less before and its incredibly frustrating!! I need to think outside the box a bit more when it comes to having time I think…

    1. It is an interesting quote, isn’t it. As soon as I read it I thought, yup, that’s me. I think I expected too much from having all this time on my hands, and I didn’t really have a clear plan of what I wanted to do. I’ve ended up faffing to a huge degree and getting very frustrated by it!

  3. Funny, that’s not dissimilar to what I wrote recently! Sometimes we need to make a bit of space for he gestation period of whatever’s next, don’t we…. Hope you enjoy your week off! :)

    1. I enjoyed my week very much, so much so that it’s starting to turn in to two! But, a step back was just what I needed x

  4. I can understand this feeing – although I’m totally strapped for writing time at the moment, if I do get a decent window I waste it so easily! And then it feels worse than not finding time when I’m busy (because there’s no excuse) and I end up feeling a bit guilty and antsy the whole time I’m ‘free’. So time off sounds like a very good plan. Just do nothing in particular and without the (self imposed) pressure inspiration is likely to strike (oh but don’t expect it to or that might send it running in the opposite direction – inspiration is a tricky beast like that!) Have a lovely week. Thanks for linking to #WhatImwriting (and I really want to link to the prompt more often but – argh! Time! And inspiration!) xx

    1. I think sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves that we just can’t do anything at all. I wonder if I had such high hopes for getting loads done once the wee girl started preschool that I almost jinxed myself!

  5. Taking some time out sounds like a great idea. I absolutely sympathise with the too much time thing – I never seem to get anything done when Leigh’s on holiday, despite the fact that it should mean I have loads more time to write. Give me a tight napping schedule and a million other things to do and I’m away… Enjoy your break – I hope you find some inspiration xx

    1. I have to admit that I have always worked better with a deadline, I write the prompt on a Thursday evening pretty much every week! The break has been wonderful and seems to be expanding, but it was just what I needed x

  6. Enjoy your time off. As it happens,. I had a day off over the weekend because it was my brother’s stag do. It was rather enjoyable! Maybe you’re a bit like a journalist (disclaimer, I used to be one). I’ve heard it said journalists never do anything until a deadline is looming. Maybe you have a similar issue? Look forward to your return though. #ShareWithMe

    1. You know what, as I read that I thought, yes, that’s me! I’ve always needed a deadline and I suspect that I just don’t focus as well without one. The problem is, that’s an inherently stressful way to work, so I really need to do something about it :)

    1. LOL :) I find that once I start writing the more emotional posts, they flow, but I find it very difficult to start them. I procrastinate like mad and find any excuse to do something else instead!

  7. Even though you don’t feel like you are getting anywhere, you have achieved in writing something worthwhile in penning this blog and so all is not lost. Fingers crossed that you rediscover your creative mojo soon!

    1. Thank you so much. The break has been great, and I am feeling much calmer and more focused. The creativity will come :)

  8. Sometimes taking a break can be the most productive thing you can do. Take stock, let your unconscious mind do its thing and just see what happens, unencumbered by schedules or deadlines. I’ve certainly found that in the past – the harder you chase something, the more elusive it becomes. Stop for a minute and you often find it comes to you on its own. Good luck!

    1. You’re absolutely right Tim, and I think that I’ve been trying too hard to ‘make the most’ of the time I have while the wee girl is at preschool and in doing so have heaped a load of unnecessary pressure on myself. My week off has been just what I needed x

  9. Taking a break is good, Sara. I often feel the same way–stuck with no ideas, staring at a blank piece of paper or a blinking cursor with no direction to go whatsoever. Stepping back and away is a good way to be, I think. It allows some distance from distractions and it allows you to reflect and get some fresh ideas in your head as well. Wishing you a great virtual break! May it be productive, relaxing and inspiring :)

  10. Taking a break is good, Sara. I often feel the same way–stuck with no ideas, staring at a blank piece of paper or a blinking cursor with no direction to go whatsoever. Stepping back and away is a good way to be, I think. It allows some distance from distractions and it allows you to reflect and get some fresh ideas in your head as well. Wishing you a great virtual break! May it be productive, relaxing and inspiring :)

    1. It’s certainly been productive, although not in a writing sense! But I feel much better for it, I’ve enjoyed a different pace and it has left me calmer and more focused x

  11. I feel like that, when I am super busy somehow I get more done and it makes absolutely no sense and maybe when we have more time we are more apt to put things off a bit longer cause we know we can do it later if needs be. I have been so guilty of this lately. Glad I am not the only one. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round up and hope you have been enjoying the blog hop. #sharewithme

    1. I think that’s right, I’ve always worked better with a deadline, but that is a rather stressful way to live! A week off was just what I needed, now to get back into the swing of things!

  12. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and take a breath. You’re a fantastic writer and should never force words. Don’t forget there’s been a lot of change since September too, it will take some getting used to. I’m thrilled you’re off for the week, I hope you’ve been having a ball! I’m doing the opposite by trying to achieve the impossible with impossible deadlines (I couldn’t put any more pressure on if I tried!!!). POD has had a few days with her grandparents but she’s back tomorrow, I’ve really missed her little face :)

    1. Ah, thank you Charly, that’s a lovely thing to say. I suspect I expected too much from all my extra time, and I found myself trying to do too much, and none of it particularly well :) I’ve had a great week, it really was just what I needed. Hope you’re doing okay, sounds like you need a break too x

  13. I am one who never has blogged regularly, it’s the social media noise that can get in the way for me.I do take regular days off in the month and last year I took the whole summer off.I think it’s important to have regular breaks, spend time with family without distractions and the need to let the world know instantly what you’re doing.

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