I am reading The War of Art at the moment and I have had a realisation.
The opening of the book talks about ‘Resistance’. I considered skipping ahead. I thought, ‘I’m not resistant to writing. I do it every day.’ But, recently, I have started letting the Web eat my creativity and slice up my morning writing time into tiny ten-minute slivers.
I realised that my form of Resistance is checking email, tweeting and ‘researching’ on the Web while I am writing. As the writer Dave Eggers says in a quote that I love:
‘Writing is a deep sea dive. You need hours just to get into it: down, down, down. If you’re called back to the surface every couple of minutes by an email, you can’t ever get back down. I have a great friend who became a Twitterer and he says he hasn’t written anything for a year.’
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So I’ve stopped. If I pause for a moment I’m trying to go for a walk, throw something for the dog, read something, but stay away from the Web, my major form of Resistance. If I tweet between 6am and midday now, it’ll be something interesting I’ve found and scheduled earlier.
Will update you on progress. (I’m one day into my trial ;-)) And g’luck with beating your own resistance to whatever it is. The book is well worth a read for all kinds of procrastination, not just creative.