In order to get the time I need to write I have to not do other things I might love to do.

writing what i don't do

  1. I don’t sleep past 6:00 a.m.
  2. I don’t watch (much) television or movies. And if I do, I’m usually reading at the same time.
  3. I don’t scrapbook or sew, knit, crochet, or cross-stitch, don’t paint or draw. I also don’t do these things because I’m terrible at them and lack patience.
  4. I don’t have a garden. This is something I wish I had. I wish I could garden. I want to be a gardener. Alas.
  5. I don’t make dinner. Unless popcorn counts. Around here it is leftovers from lunch (our main meal) or fend for yourself.
  6. I don’t send birthday cards or any kind of cards.
  7. I don’t parent chaperone school events.
  8. I don’t keep up on fashion, music, or pop culture trends.
  9. I don’t fold or iron clothes. I don’t mend clothes either.
  10. I don’t decorate my office (scotch tape and inspirational photos and quotes do just fine but don’t look so lovely)
  11. I don’t have many quiet mental moments. The mind is always racing, analyzing, finding story, retelling.
  12. I don’t blog lately, apparently. Am working on this one…
  13. I don’t boil water for washing dishes or for taking hot showers.
  14. I don’t hang curtains or otherwise beautify my house unless someone else does it for me.
  15. I don’t read books. I critique and analyze them, figure out how they work.

Truth be told, I do some of these things some of the time. But I don’t do them nearly as often as I wish I did (except #3). And also, there are lots of reasons I don’t do these things, not just writing. But we all have to make choices and writing is one of the things I choose to do, so that means I also choose to buy a tomato rather than grow one.

How about you? What do you not do so that you can do what it is that you choose to do?

*this post was inspired by this blog post by Rachelle Gardner. Apparently we don’t do some of the same things.

*image via Wikimedia