which addiction keeps you from writing?

One of the ways fear interferes with our writing process (or any other creative process we’re passionate about) is through addictions to tv shows or gaming or any other things that eat time without you realizing it. Before you know it you have spent a day where most of it was not related to writing in the slightest.

I bet there are several excuses why you do it too.

Here are some of mine.

The things that take me away from writing are playing planeshift (I’m roleplaying, that’s like writing!), tv shows (I just love to see how other writers do it!) and social networking (I have to stay updated with what is going on with my friends and in the world! A lot of them are writers too! Maybe I learn something from them).

I cure that by forcing myself to set timers from now on. Half an hour, bleeping alarm, time to write again. And if I still have an attack of “don’t wanna!” I ask myself this vital question:

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“At your funeral, do you want people to comment on your writing or on how great a gamer you were, the tv shows you watched and how you spent all your days on facebook?”

Keep the faith

Do you have faith in your writing?

Do you have faith you are supposed to be a writer?

Do you have faith in your passion?

Do you have faith in your muse?

Do you have faith in you?

If the answer on any of these questions is no, let me tell you this: fear lives for no. Fear loves you cowering in a corner, struggling to find words to describe how miserable you feel.

So, are you ready to have faith?

Start writing, and keep at it. Stick out your tongue at fear.

Show your strength.

Have faith.

Write outside!

Now it is summertime, there’s no reason to write inside sitting behind your desk!

Grab a notebook and pen and head into the park.

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(this is my favorite park of all, St. James Park London)

Bask in the sunlight as you let everything around you inspire you for some writing. Play with your words, create characters based on people that surround you, write silly introductions between two people you see.

Play with your writing, and let your words sing with you.

Daydream exercise 2: inspire!

It’s time to get out your crayons, felt pens or whatever you’d like to use to doodle! :)

The one thing that always kicks my fear is writing something to inspire others. I stare out  into nowhere, daydreaming up an idea and then I write it down. Now I have felt pens, I have taken to creating things with them I can send to my friends :)

Every time I doodle things like these, I feel calm and ready to do anything. And that is exactly what these exercises are meant for!

One of my doodles is below. As you can see I still haven’t mastered the art of writing legibly :) I would love to see your doodles, please post them below or mail them to me at info@playwithyourwriting.com



Do you dropbox?

In the past I used to fret about backups all the time since I lost a couple of stories through corrupted files and other nastiness.
Now I play with my writing, but I still make sure that there are backups. I don’t mess with backup disks though, or usb sticks or whatever.  All my writing is stored in my
It is an online file storage system. So easy to use! I have it on both my computers and on my phone, and the moment I edit something on one place, it gets synchronized to the other places the moment I sign in there. That way I always work on the most recent file, no matter where.
Best of all, dropbox is free, with 2 GB storage. Plenty of space for your documents :)

Here is how to use it:

Step 1:
Install Dropbox
You can install the dropbox client in windows/mac/(ubuntu) linux

Step 2:
Sign up for an account
Get a very obscure password that is easy to remember. I use Lastpass to generate my unique passwords.

Step 3
Set up your dropbox folder, and copy/move all your current writing projects into it
Dropbox will synchronize your document to the web, and also keeps a revision history for every file. When you work offline on a file, the changes get synchronized the moment you are connected again. This is also very useful if you mucked up a version, you can always restore a previous one through the website.

And that’s the basics. From now on all your writing projects are safe. You can work on like you used to do (with your files in another directory than usual, though.