Wednesday, November 7, 2012

IWSG: Only One Option

In case you haven't noticed (you probably haven't), I recently deleted my Twitter account. There was really only one reason that influenced my decision to do this, and that was that Twitter has been a major distraction for me. While I only followed a few dozen people, I found myself procrastinating concerning my writing, using "networking" as an excuse.

Yes, networking is an important part of a writer's career, but there is something more important than sharing your writing: the actual writing itself.

My procrastination had gone too far, and I was getting very little writing done, so I decided that a few things had to go (especially with NaNoWriMo going on this month!), Twitter being number one on the list. Not doing much writing was taking a toll on my self-confidence, even though I was doing well in other areas (work, school, exercise, etc.).

And then I read the book The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. I stumbled across the following quote, which opened my eyes to the artist's life choices:

"I wonder how many people get sidetracked from their true calling by the fact that they have talent to excel at more than one artistic medium. This is a curse rather than a blessing. If you have only one option, you can't make a wrong choice. If you have two options, you have a fifty percent chance of being wrong" (48).

Everywhere I look I see something new and exciting I want to do; I only have one life, so I want to fit in everything I can! However, upon reading this quote I realized something about myself: I am a writer.

Well, obviously I knew this already, but there's more to it than that: Being a writer is nonnegotiable. I have to do it. I didn't choose it; it was the only option presented to me—and so I grabbed it, because without it I'd have nothing.

So that's why I've been shying away from spending so much time on the internet, to carve out more time for my writing. I have enough distractions already!

Peace, Aimee


7 comments:

  1. That's why my biggest focus is blogging. Anything more is just too much!

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  2. You know, I spent hours on twitter when I first started and then realized it should take the least time. None of those mentions sell books I haven't written. But even blogging takes too much of my writing time, so my post is about how to cut down that time too. Nice to meet you!

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  3. I've been feeling the same way. I was spending a lot of time on Facebook instead of writing - sometimes stopping every 100 words or so to see what was happening on there! Crazy! I find that I don't blog much or manage to get around to read other people's blogs because that time should be writing time. It's all very well setting up a 'network' but if you've nothing written because of all the blogging, what's the point?! Great post - thank you!

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  4. Me too. My culprit: Facebook. I've had to cut it to a quick ten minute update once in the morning and once in the evening. Or I'll be sucked back in.

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  5. Twitter is one social outlet I don't have to worry about. I'm on it, but I don't pay much attention to it. I guess it's because I just don't get it. Too impersonal for me. But I have plenty of other distractions! OY!

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  6. I really felt you affirming your commitment in this post, Aimee. It was moving.

    And it's an interesting point, that having multiple talents can water down what you do. I am struggling with that myself. Work life vs. writing life, sometimes it is hard to decide, and sometimes I make the wrong choice, I think. It's hard to know exactly which road is the perfect one.

    I agree about Twitter. I also don't have a Facebook account. I would completely lose myself! So, I appreciate that you made a healthy decision for yourself.

    Good luck with Nano!

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