The Myth of Time
“I just don’t have time to write!”
I hear that from at least one person at Write Club every week. I’m too nice to call them out, but what’s the internet for if not to get people mad at you?
Save for a few exceptional circumstances, the notion that you “don’t have time” to write is complete and utter bullox and you are a dirty rotten liar for insisting otherwise.
I feel like I’ve said this before. Have I said this before?
Anyways. The point is: You have the time. You have plenty of time. It takes 5 minutes to write something. Are you really going to tell me you can’t write a couplet during the commercial break? Or a six-word story before you log into Facebook for the rest of the night? It may be short and of poor quality, but it’s something, and that’s a hell of a lot better than nothing.
What you actually mean when you say you “don’t have time” is “writing is a lower priority than everything else I do.” Which is fine! Nobody says you have to put writing before family time, school work, work work, sleeping, eating, or anything else. But the least you can do is be honest. It’s not that you didn’t have time, it’s that you spent your time on high priority things.
And if those “higher priority” things include Facebook, partying, television, gaming, and other such trivialities, can you really call yourself a writer?