The top ten lame excuses for writers not writing

You know you want to write, but…

1. The dishes need doing.
2. I just have to finish this Angry Birds level.
3. The day has a “y” in it.
4. It’s sunny outside.
5. The garden needs weeding.
6. You won’t believe this, but three weeks ago I was kidnapped by aliens and I’ve only just got back and it was, well, so traumatising that I really can’t get any writing inspiration.
7. No reason.
8. It’s time to go to the supermarket.
9. See (1).
10. Can’t be assed.

 Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013

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20 comments on “The top ten lame excuses for writers not writing

  1. Yeah, that happens sometimes. You want to write, already have ideas you want to develop, but for some reason, you don’t get started.

  2. More research. I have to do more research. I just don’t know enough to write sensible fiction about (writer’s pick).

  3. SleepyDragon1320 says:

    Reblogged this on Sleepy Book Dragon and commented:
    I think we have all made these excuses before.

  4. KokkieH says:

    #6 isn’t an excuse. You can write about the experience. It will both defuse the trauma and it sounds like a kickass story (if perhaps a little overdone by now…)

  5. C.Hill says:

    #3 is the most reasonable, I think.

  6. The honey do list, the daddy do list, the boss looking over your shoulder at work, or the cat is sleeping on my keyboard. Just few others. :-)

  7. jimrada says:

    The sad thing is that I have actually used some of these excuses.

  8. […] MJ Wright recently posted on his blog (and it’s a great blog) a list of ten reasons, “lame” excuses, writers use when they fail to write. Wright’s list […]

  9. Those days ending in Y get me every time!

  10. Good list. You forgot–the baby’s crying (doesn’t matter if you have one or not, there’s a baby crying somewhere); after my nap; I have a headache; after I check my email.

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