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June 22, 2012

Top 5 bad reasons not to write, and no, it’s not just me, and no, there aren’t any good ones

Filed under: Blogroll,Writing — Vadasmaker @ 6:36 pm
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I’ll just be like all the authors of the 68 books on writing that occupy my office bookshelf right now, which means that I’ll preface the five—not the only five, but five—reasons people don’t write with this:

No. These are not just my opinion. They’re facts.

  • It might be bad.

Of course it’s going to be bad. The road to good writing is paved with crappy writing, and you can’t get there by not writing.

  • Nobody will publish it.

Please. Have you been to the book store lately? If you can write at all, and if you’re persistent, somebody will publish it. Persistence might be the more important of the two.

  • I don’t have time.

I’m going to say this even though somebody will slap me upside the head for it, but if you don’t have time to write, maybe you’re not really a writer. A writer writes. I didn’t make that up, either. Somebody much smarter than I said it first. I’m not saying you have to write every day. I’m just saying you need to set a goal of some sort and make time. You know why?

Because you’re going to die, that’s why. Do you want to die and have your obituary read, “She always wanted to be a writer, but she was just too busy”? Seriously?

  • You don’t have anything to say.

That’s just ridiculous. Of course you have something to say. Maybe you don’t want to say it. Maybe you think that even if you do say it no one will read it. Why don’t you let them be the judge of that? It’s not your job. Your job is just to say it.

  • You usually write, but you’re blocked at the moment.

Well, excuse me, but bullshit. Bowels are blocked. Roads are blocked. Your brain? Not so much. If you put the pencil on the paper or the fingers on the keyboard you will write.  Will it be good? See number 1.

Even though I’ve said all the above, and quite well if I do say so myself, you might still doubt that they’re “facts.” Well, you know what? It’s like Don Henley said: I’m an expert because I say I’m an expert.

Now quit wasting time and go write.



  1. Carol….I so agree with you…in my little cottage where I live here in Lake Geneva…I have reminders to write….and whether its an email or a note to myself…I write….it is not on the grand scheme as yourself….you are an accomplished author….I write my radio show etc but it is my screenplay…that has taken me 13 years to write that that makes me wonder about the ‘act of writing’…


    Comment by Lily — June 23, 2012 @ 7:38 am | Reply

  2. I like your five, but I put it down as only two reasons
    1) I’m scared.
    2) It’s hard.

    Writing isn’t for the faint-hearted or lazy.



    Comment by Left-Brained Business for Write-Brained People — June 24, 2012 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  3. for me, it is just one. It is easier to quilt. So, I am quilting right now. I am not a writer right now. I am a quilter. Hopefully, I will live long enough to write again.
    No matter how loudly I quilt, I still hear the voices in my head, chattering away about their plot and character.


    Comment by ponytail girl — June 25, 2012 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  4. […] Top 5 bad reasons not to write, and no, it’s not just me, and no, there aren’t any good ones […]


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