“That guy should be a writer!”
“Well, actually, he “is” a writer.”
So went a recent conversation between my boss and a local restaurant owner. They were discussing a review I had published online in Urbanspoon. The review, a positive one regarding the owner’s new restaurant, had received hundreds of hits. The owner was, to say the least, very happy. The unusual thing, though, was my boss (remember, I am really a spreadsheet doctor in a muzak-less corporate environment) referred to me as a writer, something I do not do much at all while at work in the cube farm. And I wasn’t even there to bribe anyone.
So if I am a writer, why haven’t I been writing lately?
It happens. This week is the final exam in IS6679 Information Systems Management (as fun as it sounds, believe me.) Then there are the 6 books I have on my reading list. Of course, I still have one new recipe to test drive for the food blog. At least it’s ice cream. If it goes wrong, it’s still ice cream! Somewhere in there I also have a family, plus two puppies. So writing every day just hasn’t happened.
But that’s okay.
Because slowing down will allow me develop my characters more fully in the weekly series, something I have been wanting to do. Additionally, reading these books will be enjoyable, sharpen my writing saw (to paraphrase Stephen Covey) and show me, through example, structure and character development from a classic “old school” style.
In other words, there is a difference between me writing “more” and me writing “more better.” (at least I didn’t say mo’ betta.)
And sometimes, that is why writers don’t write.
Until Sunday, friends. Keep writing, I love reading your stuff! Unless you need to to take a break, in which case I recommend a good book…and some ice cream.
- Writer Vs Clock (and everything else) (freejournowriter.wordpress.com)
- A Writers’ Park (With Outdoor Library!) on the Seattle Waterfront (slog.thestranger.com)
- James Altucher’s 33 unusual tips to being a better writer (thebloggingtimes.com)