Are any of the following true for you?
- Can’t sleep at night.
- Feel to sick to do anything.
- Are currently unemployed or not working enough hours.
- Are suddenly bored all the time or find yourself with a lot of free time.
- Have been injured and can’t do much.
Is writing really the cure for everything?
- Writing your thoughts and feelings down might help you to resolve things, calm down, and sleep better at night.
- Writing can help take your mind off of feeling sick.
- If you’re writing for money, that will help get you out of the unemployment slump.
- Writing something very unique and adventurous will help cure boredom and kill some free time.
- Writing can help take your mind off of your injury.
The reality is, writing won’t really cure everything, but it can help. More importantly, people often think they don’t have time to write, but they still spend time being injured, bored, unemployed, sick, and unable to sleep. These are opportunities for anyone that normally doesn’t have time in their lives to write. For instance, I don’t have any work to do at this very moment, so I’m writing a blog post about how writing is the cure for everything.
My answer to free time is always to fill it with television until I find something else to occupy my time. Then work, family, exercise, or sometimes even texting and Facebook come along and take any little bit of free time I have left over. The real question I have for myself and any other writer/procrastinator out there is, what the hell are we waiting for?
Let’s show the damn world that we can write. Even if it’s not perfect and they don’t love it. You have a better chance of writing something great if you try hundreds of times than not at all.
Here is what free time could equal in writing:
- 1 or 2 hours a month: a poem a month, 12 poems a year, 120 poems a decade.
- 1 or 2 hours a week: a short story a month, 12 short stories a year, 120 short stories a decade.
- 1 or 2 hour a day: a novel a year, 10 novels a decade.
Finding just a little bit of free time in our day to day accumulates to massive gains in terms of writing. Let it be your cure.