Lola with Christmas Lights, by Sarah Reck

What I do instead of writing

These past few days, going on a couple weeks, I’ve been vastly unsuccessful at getting any writing done, be it blog posts (I have several started), my work-in-progress (I have three scenes begun and am only 3K from my word count goal, not to mention I’m pretty sure I’m only five scenes away from finishing the first draft).

Instead of writing, I’ve done all sorts of other things:

  • Read. I’m 4 books away from my 2014 reading goal.
  • Watched every episode of “Holiday Baking Championship” on Food Network.
  • Wasted an hour (or two, or three) on Pinterest: This always happens to me, this looks incredibly delicious, & I want to make this for my keychain collection.
  • Made pumpkin bread. It’s yummy.
  • Attempted (& failed) to hang up Christmas lights. (See above photo.)
  • Wrapped (most of) my Christmas presents.
  • Addressed and sent over 50 Christmas cards.
  • Gone through my feedly feed. Over & over again.
  • Slept.
  • Took a bath.
  • Listened to the Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder soundtrack on repeat.
  • Found a new poet whom I adore. (Billy Collins!)
  • Stalked my Facebook newsfeed.
  • Watched every episode of “Beat Bobby Flay” on Food Network.
  • Enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy again.
  • Went to the zoo to see penguins on parade!
  • Marathoned a ton of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, in order. I’m only missing Iron Man 3 now. (Oh, and The Hulk, but who cares.)
  • Played a lot of Tiny Monsters, Frozen Free Fall, and Plague, Inc. on my tablet.
  • Wrote this list of things that I’ve been doing instead of writing.
Sara Lewis Quote

Quoted: Sara Lewis

I’m a fan of great quotes. I like to carry them around with me. Most of these quotes I get from the books I read and I write them down into a little black book. Some of these I return to and some just fill the pages. There are a few I’ve collected over the years that have stuck with me. Obviously, John Gardner’s stayed with me, and I thought I’d share a few others here and there.

I’ve read a lot of books about writing. I guess maybe I think that the more I read about it, the better I’ll be as a writer. There are a lot of ways to be a better writer, and there are a lot of things writers do that other people might think are weird or different.

And here is a perfect quote by Sara Lewis, from her Second Draft of my Life:

When I was a writer, I had to explain over and over again that my fiction was not based on my life. People never believed me. No one ever asked if my life was based on my fiction.
– Sara Lewis, Second Draft of My Life

I think most people tend to believe that fiction is based on the life or experiences of its writer. I know that I put a lot of myself into my stories. Sometimes it’s an experience, sometimes it’s a thought, sometimes it’s an emotion. It’s not always fact, though. I don’t write non-fiction. I don’t even take liberties and write creative non-fiction. I took one creative non-fiction in college and just wasn’t very good at it. I prefer my stories made up, so that’s what I do.
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