On Writing: Making it through The Monster of Daily Life

Where have I been? Away from my blog for too long, and I woke up wondering what could have kept me away.


By that I mean wife, sons, death of friends, work, grading papers, writing lesson plans, orienting to a new school year, promoting a novel, reviewing film and writing copious notes as part of post-production, planning a promotional video for a band I’m in. Movies. The NFL. Presidential campaign lunacy —

None of this is an acceptable excuse, if I am to be completely honest. Not for me. Not for you.

Writing isn’t something we do instead of living our lives. Writing is an integral part of our lives. We shouldn’t decide whether to write or do one of the activities listed above; we should write as part of them.

Blog with a nice cup of (insert addiction here). Write commentary to the politics of the day while watching the shows you’ve recorded. Vow to watch less of them, especially the repeats. Write while ignoring the commercials during that football game you can’t miss. Write in the early hours when no one is up and you shouldn’t be, either. Write in those wind-down minutes in bed before sleep takes you.

The mistake we make is deciding when we have time to write. If we write during the time we spend thinking of when we can write, the problem won’t exist. Don’t procrastinate, write about procrastination.

Does it sound unrealistic? Really? I just wrote this blog while waiting for my tea to boil. Short, sweet, and offering up a valid point I needed to see, and I hope you did, too.

And so my writing gap is over, my procrastination ended, my blog revived, my writing live renewed. We begin again. we keep calm, write on, and life is a little more worth living.

Your turn.

Christopher Ryan is author of City of Woe, available on Kindle and Nook, and in print. For more info, click here.

About chrisryanwrites

My name is Christopher Ryan. I am a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher, and I have written since reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS when I was in elementary school. I have independently published an award-winning debut novel, CITY OF WOE, plus the prequel short story collection CITY OF SIN, the sequel novel CITY OF PAIN, a high school thriller novel GENIUS HIGH, and several high adventure novelettes for the Rapid Reads series featuring Alex Simmons' African-American adventurer BLACKJACK All are available via amazon.com, as is my children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. Additionally, I was nominated for a supporting actor award for my work in the multiple award-winning independent film, CLANDESTINE, from Feenix Films. I blog about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote my independently published work, my efforts to secure a traditional publishing contract, and my career as a teacher.
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