The 5 Worst Excuses for Not Writing

You heard me. The 5 worst excuses for not writing. And if you know my opinion of writer’s block, you may be wondering what qualifies as “worst.” (They’re all bad, right?) Well, let’s just say these are the laziest and most self-defeating that I can think of (right now).

5 Lame Excuses for Not Writing
(You heard me.)

 1. It’s Sunny.

5 worst excuses for not writing it's sunny

Writing called on account of sunshine. Said no one ever.

Really, people, a pretty day is not a reason to avoid writing. It’s not. You are using the sunshine as an excuse for being lazy and playing outside instead of working.

Oh, and if you doubt me, here are some obvious flaws to this “reason” for not working.

  • The sun will still be there after you spend an hour writing. You’re not going to spend the whole day outside even if you do go out to play. Make goofing off outside a reward.
  • Umm… the sun does set at some point. Work at 8 or 9 pm (whenever the sun sets where you are). Play in the sun and then write. Or get up at 6 and write before the sun comes up to tempt you.
  • Or, my personal favorite, take your writing outside. Enjoy the sunshine and write at the same time. [mic drop]

Uh-huh. That’s what I thought. Lame excuse.

2. I’m tired.

5 worst excuses for not writing I'm tired

Nap time!

You will always be tired. 10 times out of 9, you are going to be tired (Shut up, math people.). If you don’t write when you’re tired, you will never write. End of story.

(Which you’ll never get to because you’ll never start the story. Just saying.)

3. I need to edit first.

5 worst excuses for not writing I need to edit firstNo. No, you don’t.

Write. Finish the book. Then, go back and edit. Or set limits on how much editing you are allowed to do in a span of time – otherwise, you’ll never finish the first draft. You’ll just keep re-writing the first few chapters.

2. I don’t know what to write.

5 worst excuses for not writing I don't know what to write idk

*flat stare* Who does? Write anyway. Sure, the first few paragraphs may be crap, but after a little while, you’ll get fired up and get into a groove. You can always scrap or edit parts of it later.

Besides, if you’re writing a novel, you should have some idea of the storyline already – even if you’re not a meticulous plotter. So… start on a scene and see where it goes? Worse case, you’ll find out where it doesn’t need to go. And you’ll learn something about your characters in the process (assuming you’re paying attention).

 1. There’s no point.

5 worst excuses for not writing there's no point impossibleIt’ll never get published. No one will ever read it. I can’t write anything good.
| : Infinite variations of self-deprecating and self-defeating statements : |

*inarticulate scream of rage and frustration*

*cough* Sorry. I’ll try to contain myself, but this one drives me absolutely crazy. Before I get to the rant, however, let me say that it is not directed at anyone struggling with depression or self-esteem issues who seriously believes those statements. To those people, I will say only that I hope you learn to question and challenge those statements and that even when those feelings are overwhelming, I hope you still write.

For those who say this as a whiny prompt for attention and never actually had any real aspirations to write, I would just like to say, *thbbbt*.

First of all, it’s almost always the exact opposite of the truth. You have no chance of getting published? Really? A poorly written fanfic of a poorly written book got published and bought. So… what? Can you not write in sentences? Great! Your work will be the next abstract innovation in stuffy literary circles.

Second of all, don’t say you’ve always want to do something when it’s not true.

Yes, some people have always wanted to write a book. And if you ask those people about that book they’ve always wanted to write, they will tell you all about the plot and the characters – all the ideas they’ve ever had since they first thought of it. If someone shrugs and says, “I don’t know. Something fantasy maybe. Or a thriller,” then, no, they didn’t always want to write a book. They just think wanting to write a book will make them sound more cool or intellectual or whatever.

Cause, yeah, book writing – it’s what all the cool kids are doing.

Sorry, no. People like that get on my nerves because while they’re saying “There’s no point,” because they think it sounds right, by saying it in conversation, they give this excuse more weight. Like thinking that you have no talent or that your story is unpublishable is a legit reason not to write. And hearing it from other people like it’s a real road block makes potential writers more likely not only to use it but also to believe it.

And that would be a shame.

Don’t use any of these “worst” excuses for not writing. In fact, don’t use any excuses for not writing. Write. Make it happen however you can. I believe in you.

3 New Year’s Resolutions That Aren’t Going to Be Easy

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3 New Year’s Resolutions for Writing (not 5)

All other 2016 disappointments aside (and I’m sure you can think of a few), it wasn’t the best year for me in a writing sense. In 2015, I got a lot more writing done, and I was better about meeting my deadlines. Granted, they were self-imposed deadlines, but without that level of discipline, forward progress is halting or, at best, slower than it could be. Which brings me to 3 New Year’s resolutions that aren’t going to be easy to keep.

Keeping These Three New Year’s Writing Resolutions Ain’t Gonna Be Easy

I’m not usually into New Year’s resolutions. I’m more of a daily, weekly, or monthly resolution kind of person. Periodically throughout the year, I evaluate what’s been working and what hasn’t, and I go from there.

This year is a little different because I’ve noticed some problems on a larger scale – things that need to change to make those periodic adjustments possible. For my writing, anyway.

 1. Set up and maintain a dedicated writing space.

In 2015, I had a home office set up. It was really nice – bright, airy, and decorated to encourage creativity (Oh, those were the days). In 2016, that room got converted to storage space, and I tried to use a smaller, less-separated writing space (which was all supposed to be temporary, blah, blah, blah). As you may have guessed, that didn’t work out so well.

What they say about dedicating specific spaces to specific purposes is true: it helps manipulate your brain to encourage habits (good or bad). Like how they say you shouldn’t work in bed because your brain will be ready to work when you try to go to sleep. Similarly, if too many things are going on in a room at once, it’s easy to get distracted by other tasks, especially ones that take less energy or are more fun.

Long story short, if I’m serious about getting writing done, I need to have that office back. I need a dedicated writing space, a space committed to that work. It’s going to take some serious planning and elbow grease, but it’s doable. Once it’s set up, the biggest trick will be to keep it that way.

 2. Write ahead.

I did a really good job of this in 2015. Not so much in 2016. It’d be easy to blame the problem on travel and outside commitments, but the truth is that there were a lot of factors, including not having a dedicated writing space or a regular work schedule.

I can fix the first problem (see New Year’s resolution #1). The second part, now that’s gonna be more difficult.

See, there’s a growing possibility that my work schedule is going to become much more intense and, as a result, much more complicated. If I’m going to keep the writing going at all, let-alone meet my self-imposed deadlines, I need to not only write every day but also write ahead. Without fail.

I’m going to do my best to keep this one. Otherwise, I know that both twytte and Words & Deeds will suffer for it. I’ve floundered enough with updating both this year. I don’t want to do that again.

 3. Get enough sleep.

Doesn’t seem like a writing resolution? Well, that’s where you’re wrong. If you push too long and let all your projects (& social activities) keep you from regular, healthy sleep, you are going to crash at some point. Usually when it’s least convenient. And that’s after the loss of sleep wreaks havoc on your writing (see “Good Grammar & Tired Brains Don’t Mix“).

If I have to lose sleep every night or even most nights to get everything done, then something needs adjusted. Period. I have to get more organized, I have to cut back hours of something, I have to let something go – whatever it is, something needs to change.

And there you have it: 3 New Year’s resolutions that aren’t going to be easy to keep.

At first glance, they seem simple, right? I mean, really, don’t they seem pretty straightforward and manageable? Arrange my stuff to make room for an office, write ahead, and get enough sleep. That’s doable with a little effort and time management, right? Right? (…sob…)

So… wish me luck?

True Alchemists Do Not Change Lead into Gold Unless They’re Using Old Pencils

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I love the fact that the printing press set in the background is made out of lead.

I want to be a true alchemist when I grow up. Not that I’ll ever grow up, but there’s something inspiring about thinking of writing as alchemy (especially if you like FullMetal Alchemist). Not only because of the transformation aspect – although having the scientific knowledge and/or mystical ability to change lead into gold is appealing, especially applied to writing. Thinking that my writing skills can “change the world into words” is pretty heady (true or not).

But that’s still not the main reason I like this analogy. No, the best part of this metaphor (IMHO) is the fact that alchemy was all about exploration. Back in its heyday, true alchemists spent their time trying to accomplish the impossible. If one attempt or combination didn’t work, they tried something else.

In a way, alchemy was mankind’s way of reconciling spiritual beliefs with science. And while we may laugh at alchemists’ efforts to make the philosopher’s stone or change lead into gold, those explorations led to the development of scientific theory and helped direct science as we know it today (strange thought, wot?).

Now, take a moment and think about that idea in terms of the writing analogy.

Isn’t exploration a major part of writing growth? And don’t we have to constantly have to reconcile the rules and logic of writing (science) with the emotion of it (spiritual)? I think so. I think that makes this analogy a very deep and thoughtful description of what gives writing such power and also what makes it so difficult.

We transform things, yes. We try to capture the world in words. But we also play a very delicate balancing act (or sometimes a vicious war) between the art and the science of writing.

We explore. Through trial and error we find new stories and new ways to tell them. We are true alchemists just as William Glass said. We try to accomplish the impossible, and success has all the magic of alchemy.

5 Major Problems for Writers (or Any Artist)

Writers have a lot of problems (let’s face it). These are the most common – so common that they’re stumbling blocks for artists of any kind. Musicians, painters, sculptors, jewelry-makers, etc.. I have seen all of them struggle with these issues (Heck, I’ve fought them personally in different art forms!). That’s why I consider these 5 major problems for writers.

5 Major Problems for Writers:

 1. Accepting “Good Enough”

There are two ways this hits people: stalling out and not knowing when to stop.

Stalling Out

Some people stall out by telling themselves they’re not good enough. So they never start. Occasionally, they talk about trying to write a book or take up painting again, but they never do. If you really, honestly want to write the book or start painting, kick this idea out the door.

Start writing! Start painting! Start whatever – you’ll never actually become “good enough” until you do.

Here’s another example of stalling out, one that’s far too common with writers: the person who keeps working on the same project forever but never finishes.

At your 10-year high school reunion, Jim says he’s writing a novel. At your 20-year reunion, he’s still writing a novel – the same one. Same for your 30-year, your 40-year, and so on. He’s only a  few chapters in, but every time he reads them, he finds mistakes he has to fix. So he rewrites the same chapters. Over and over again. Because it has to be perfect!

Your first novel is not going to be perfect. Your 54th novel is not going to be perfect. Accept that now, and move on. Don’t rewrite the same few chapters for the rest of your life: move forward. Finish the novel.

Not Knowing When to Stop

Another perfection-driven problem. This is the writer who has a finished manuscript but keeps editing and editing. Re-writing and tweaking but never finishing.

I’ve seen artists with fabulous stuff keep picking and poking at it instead of stopping. Sometimes, they keep toying with it so long that they ruin the whole thing. Don’t do that. Learn when to stop.

 2. Taking Criticism Well

It’s not easy. Oh, no. Especially since some people don’t know how to critique constructively. Not that that stops people from tell you what they think. And in today’s society, neither does politeness.

Even with an editor or someone you’ve asked to look at the book, it can be hard not to be a diva. It’s your book. How could they possibly know better than you? (They can. Whether or not they always will, I don’t know, but they definitely can.)

Worst case scenario, try for a polite expression, say “I’ll think about that,” and then get out of the room before you explode. Rant for a while at home and then do what you said you would – think about it. It might be total crap or not. It’s hard to tell until you calm down.

Or you can forget that option and tell them exactly what you think in that moment. Not the best move career-wise, but you won’t be the first writer to do it.

 3. Responding to Compliments

For some people, this is harder than taking criticism well.

Audience: This is crap.

Artist: Yeah, I know. I messed this up, and I didn’t get to fix this. Oh, and this part is awful! I’m so sorry. Here. Have one for free!


Give those same people a compliment, and they’ll list the same flaws. Like you must’ve missed them, and they’re being dishonest with you if you let them think your work is actually good. If you’ve ever had someone react that way to you, you know exactly how awkward it is. Sometimes, you can even get drawn into an argument, trying to convince the artist that you really, honestly like the piece. Until, finally, you get PO’d and walk off (You callin’ me a liar?).

Humility is all well and good, but there are limits. When someone gives you a sincere compliment, smile and say, “Thank you.” Whether you believe them or not.

 4. Dealing with Society’s Attitude

No one likes dealing with a ‘tude. And society has a big, ever-changing one when it comes to art. Especially as a career. No. I take it back. Society has at least two big, not-changing-fast-enough attitudes when it comes to art as business: it’s not smart and that’s free, right?

It’s Not Smart

Smart – A.K.A. safe. This often falls under the ok-in-theory-but-not-for-my-child category. Lots of people claim to support art, but when they find out you’re trying to make it your career, they give you doubting looks.

Are you sure? That’s risky, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you rather be an accountant or something?

Yeah, no. You would think that with all the companies closing and letting people go (from “safe” jobs) a few years ago, people would’ve softened on this a bit. Not so you notice.

I don’t know about “smart” or “safe,” but I’ll grant that making a living in the arts isn’t easy. You can’t be lazy, and you have to really want it. On the other hand, if you really want it, holding yourself back from it to do that “smart” job can be even harder.

You can hold onto that when the doubters pester you.

That’s Free, Right?

Um… no.

If you want to be a professional writer (or other type of artist), you might want to practice that word. No. No no no no no no. No.

(You can ignore the “I’m Jane” part, but the rest is good.)

Repeat after me: No, it isn’t free. This is what I do for a living.

It’s ok to take it in trade (a few hours writing for an equal amount of accounting or lawyering or whatever), but, no, it is not free. It’s ok to give a family discount (if you want to, and you’re still breaking even). It’s even ok to give the occasional present.  But be really careful not to set a precedent of doing work for free. It’s really hard to change once you do.

As Captain Malcolm Reynolds would say, “I do the job. And then I get paid.”

 5. Putting a Price on Your Work

It’s hard to put a price on your work. It’s exceptionally hard to put a fair price on your work. Especially when society is constantly trying to get it for free, and you’re constantly telling yourself how bad it is. (See how the problems work together against you?)

Why are artists more worried about overpricing their work than they are about underpricing it? I don’t know! They don’t include their time. They don’t include overhead costs (websites, credit card rates, business cards, booth fees, etc.).

I know that just because you’re good at writing, that doesn’t mean you’re good at the business side of it (believe me, I get it). So. Find someone who is good at the business side of it. Get advice. Have them represent you. Take classes. Google it.

But if you want to make a living at your art, you’re going to have to get a handle on pricing. One way or another.

Watcha gonna do?

Well? Are you gonna let these problems kick your butt, or are you gonna tell them to kiss it?

Sometimes, Poems Just Happen

There are times when you spend hours, days, or more working on a poem. A poem that you tweak and re-write and struggle with. Then, there are the other times – when poems just happen. When it’s like you’re walking through a field, trip on something, and unbury it only to find that it’s something wonderful and new. And somehow it didn’t exist until you tripped on it (wrap your mind around that one!).

There Comes a Time in Every Life” was one of those poems. I was driving home, and suddenly, it was there in my head. Line after line. No hesitation, no fumbling. It just appeared. Like I waved a magic wand. One minute, I was thinking about a hard situation and people’s reactions to it, and the next, I could practically see the poem take shape in my head.

Em T. Wytte Poem There comes a time in every life when the choices all are hard when the options all are dim and dark the chances all are slim to none when the house holds the cards there comes a time in every life when something has to give but even once it bends or breaks you somehow have to live

Originally posted on my creative writing blog, twytte.

Of course, I spent the rest of the drive home chanting it in my head over and over again because when poems just happen they tend to happen in the most inconvenient places. Places where giving them the right amount of attention or even writing them down is hard. Or impossible. Here are a few places where I’ve run into this issue.

  • In the shower
  • On horseback
  • On a treadmill
  • During a presentation in class
  • Driving on the freeway

It hasn’t happened on a date yet, but I imagine it’s only a matter of time. With “There Comes a Time in Every Life,” it was the freeway – a fast-paced one with a lot of curves, ramps, and reckless drivers. Sad to say, even knowing how dangerous and stupid it would be, I was tempted to pull over long enough to write it down. I also considered getting off a few exits early to find a convenient parking lot.

This is where voice recognition software might’ve come in handy (very handy). But I, of course, didn’t have one. I decided to drive straight home and do my best to keep it in my head until I got there. Apparently, my brain didn’t think that was enough of a challenge. When I got about halfway home, still chanting the poem to avoid possibly forgetting any of it, my brain decided to “discover” another poem.

Did I mention that when poems just happen, they often come in multiples? Or in multiple stanzas?

It’s like when ideas attack. You never know for sure how big and ruthless they are going to be about holding you hostage. You could have a few lines to think about and miss 5  minutes of class. You could have a novel to think about and miss most of class. All in all, I guess I got lucky. I only had 9 lines to remember (well, 13, if you count the other poem, too).

And out of both poems that appeared, there was only 1 word choice that I went back and forth on, and it was in this poem. Can you guess which one? (Hint: It was a conjunction conundrum.)

Fairy Folklore as Inspiration for Writing

From what I’ve seen, every culture has folklore involving fairies or other spirits, and they make great inspiration for all genres. Although serious usage may require more research than a St. Patrick’s Day writing prompt. Whether you need fresh ideas for types of magic (worldbuilding), ways to frighten people, or even human behavior, fairy stories have a lot to offer – as many writers have found before us.

While we no longer think of them that way, the idea of elves and dwarves commonly used in the fantasy genre are rooted in much older superstitions about faeries. And going back to take a look at the concepts of those creatures (especially ones that predate modern fiction) can help give you a fresh look at the genre’s tropes. I especially like looking at older books about beliefs of the time because the perspective is very different from what you hear now – well, that, and a good number are free on Project Gutenberg.

For example: The Fairy Mythology by Thomas Keightley and Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the Western District of Scotland by Mawell Wood, M.B. Those books focus on celtic faeries and superstitions, but if you search “superstitions,” you’ll see a plethora of options from a variety of cultures. You probably know some of them already (like the myths from Ancient Greece), but there are plenty more to discover. Some are dark and terrifyingly powerful. Others are surprisingly vulnerable and fragile. And since stories of these creatures were originally told orally, there’s often varying accounts of what each creature can do, likes, hates, etc.

Which leads me to my favorite part of using fairy mythology as inspiration: there is simply so much fodder that 5 authors could use the same faeries as inspiration and get 5 very different worlds, characters, and stories out of it. Make that 5,000 authors (and I’m not even sure that’s hyperbole). Seriously, though, if you take the old ideas and make them your own, there is unlimited potential for exciting new stories.

Every try it? Which fairies or spirits inspire you?

10 Tips to Improve Motivation, Especially for Writers

Everyone struggles with motivation from time to time, and unfortunately, the reason can vary dramatically from person to person and moment to moment. Some days you may be tired or stressed. Other days, you may not even know why you’re not in the mood to work. Well, I can’t promise a cure-all, but here are 10 tips to try to keep your motivation up and running.

 10. A Dedicated Work Area

Having a dedicated area can help trick your brain into developing habits that make it easier to work regularly. If you’re trying to write in an area where you commonly watch tv, play games, or read, you’re going to get conflicting subliminal messages when you sit down to work. It’s better to give yourself a specific space where you only write so that you can develop new habits. In other words, use your own subconscious to your advantage (and get a tax write-off!).

 9.  Clean & Organize

This one depends on how your brain works. Some people need pristine, beautifully organized area to be able to work well. Others can deal with a certain amount of chaos, and yet others thrive on complete chaos (though they’re fewer than rumor suggests). In any case, it’s good to know your own limits for how disorganized your work area can get. While a pristine workspace isn’t really my thing, personally, I find that I have more energy and focus if I pick up on a fairly regular basis.

 8. Goal Reminders

You’ve probably heard this a million times, but a visual reminder of a goal can help. Even if you print “get published” and hang it over your desk, that might spur you on when you feel like being lazy. If that doesn’t work for you, making a list of smaller goals (stair steps) and hanging them up to check off, one by one, can help, too.

 7. Track Progress

This overlaps with the last one somewhat; however, having a big reminder of the progress you’ve made can be encouraging. A whiteboard where you update the wordcount each day can give you a thrill at the progress you’re making. Or maybe you go by the number of chapters or something else.

This method is especially good when you’ve been making forward motion. If you haven’t, it can be a bit depressing – which can either spur you to change that or discourage you, depending on your personality.

 6. Choose the Right Background Noise

I’m writing this while listening to an anime series (subbed). That’s a sublimely bad choice if I want to pay attention to my work and not get distracted. Don’t be like me. Resist the urge to turn on something in the background if you know it’s likely to slow you down or stop you altogether. Or, at least, do it rarely, not all the time.

 5. Use a Reward System

Reward systems work great for some people and not at all for others. The basic idea is that you take your list of goals and make a corresponding list of rewards for each one. When you complete a goal, you get a reward (buying something, doing something, reading a book, etc.). If you like stuff and have enough money to buy the stuff you want, getting to buy something can be a nice reward, but it doesn’t work so well if it makes you broke. So try to be reasonable about what you can do. I like using this for bigger goals – like finishing a first draft.

 4. Do Writing Exercises

If you’ve been dealing with the work side of writing a lot, it can wash the excitement of writing and being creative right out of you. Exploring a random writing prompt where you can focus on the fun side instead of the duller, more painstaking parts of writing can help revive that excitement and give you fresh energy.

 3. Write Somewhere Else

Working in the same place every day can feel boring and uninspiring at times. Even when you like your workspace and normally do well there, there will be days when it’s not doing anything for you. Going somewhere else can counteract that. Go to a cafe or restaurant. If it’s a pretty day, write outside. The change of pace can get your brain churning, and then you’ll be ready to work at home again the next day.

 2. Have Fun

Believe it or not, sometimes the one thing that’ll help your writing most is taking a day off, stepping away from it, and having a good time. Recharge, and when you go back to the work, you’ll have a fresh perspective. I won’t say not to do it regularly: regular relaxation is necessary. Just don’t do it every day or so often that you stop making progress. Then, it’s not motivating anymore (well, it might be motivating you to take days off, but that’s not the goal).

 1. Reduce Stress

This goes right along with the last one. Car trouble, a bad work environment, bills, relationship problems, illness, terrifying government elections, all of the above, etc. (you know, life) – these are all things that can cause stress, and stress of any kind can be a big motivation killer.

Maybe, somewhere, some people thrive on that kind of stress and get super motivated, but I think that’s pretty rare. I’ve found it’s more likely for the stress to eat up your energy and make working seem pointless or impossible. Whether it’s caused by big problems or simply lack of sleep, finding ways to reduce stress can increase motivation and improve your writing progress.

I’m sure there are more tips to help motivation, but these 10 are a decent start. Got any to add? What works best for you?

Common Constructive Criticism Techniques

Speaking of criticism, even when you know how to make it constructive, it’s easy to get caught up and go too far in one direction or the other. But if you focus on the purpose of the feedback – to help the author improve the story – then, it’s easier to stay on track. Taking writing classes can help with that.

In a novel-writing class, for example, the writing circle is as much about learning to give good feedback as it is to improve everyone’s writing. If you’re bad at giving feedback, the teacher will try to guide and correct your criticism tactics – usually by enforcing guidelines that emphasize the two major parts to a constructive critwhat you say and how you say it.

As far as what you say, it’s a lot like job review training. Start with a positive comment and follow up with something the person “needs to work on.” As you continue, try to keep a balance between positive and negative comments if you can – especially if you’re going around a circle. A good goal is to give one positive comment and one negative comment. In class, you’ll be required to give feedback, and most teachers will list their requirements that way: say x number of things the person did well and x number of things he/she needs to work on.

That minimizes emotional damage to other fledgling writers and teaches each student to give better feedback at the same time (would that other disciplines might emulate this!).

If you’re worried about hurting feelings, a lot of that is dependent on how you say it. Insults and hostile attitudes are strictly taboo (they don’t help and completely miss the point of being constructive.). Instead, you will learn to give specific examples of problems you encountered in a neutral or analytical tone (be polite). Avoid words with harsh or especially strong connotations where possible, and it can also help to give some reasons why you had that reaction so that the writer can judge how much of the issue is a personal reaction and how much is a problem in the story.

Do not try to tell them how to fix the problem unless they ask for suggestions, and even then be careful (try not to push your vision onto the story!).

If you go to a website like Meetup and find a writing circle on your own, they may or may not be strict about how to give feedback. If you break any of the taboos, you may get a warning, or you may not be welcome anymore (some groups are more forgiving than others). You’ll definitely make a horrible first impression (Hi! I’m Joe, and your writing sucks! [Don’t be like Joe!]).

If you follow the rules listed here and in “Keeping ‘Constructive’ in Criticism,” you should be fine, but if you’re at all uncertain, take a novel-writing class and give yourself a chance to practice.

Shuffle Is Not Ideal Background Music for Writing

I like having noise in the background when I write (most of the time). Recently, however, I forgot that I had the player set on shuffle. And somehow it’d gotten changed from one play list to the whole music library. I don’t know about you, but I have extremely eclectic music tastes. I like specific songs from nearly every genre, which means that putting the library on shuffle results in something like this.

  1. “Inside Out” by Eve 6
  2. “Bach Prelude for Cello” played by YoYoMa
  3. “Fury” by Little Big Town
  4. “Chocolate” by the Smothers Brothers
  5. “Do What U Do” by P!nk
  6. “The Tell-Tale Hound” by Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six
  7. “Run, Freedom, Run!” from Urinetown: The Musical
  8. “One More Mile” by Brandon Santini
  9. “Master of Puppets” by Metallica
  10. “The Singing Sea” by Yoko Kanno

Needless to say, I realized my mistake pretty quickly and fixed it. Good thing, too. I can only imagine the weird story that would’ve come out’ve mixing those songs together!