Monday, August 13, 2007

Obligations

It's been almost a week since I updated this blog. My goal is at least twice a week. Of course, my writing goals were even more ambitious this month, and I haven't really gone near any of them. Why?

Other obligations are intruding. But I'm wondering to just what extent I'm obliged to do these other things. This morning I said no to an event I thought I was obliged to attend day Saturday. It felt great. And the person hosting the event even responded with a "good on ya" for saying I wanted to spend the day writing instead. Cool. And since I'm not doing something I don't want to do during the day on Saturday, I can attend an event I want to on Saturday night without being exhausted. Cool. How many of the other things could I or should I have said no to over the past few months?

So what do you feel obliged to do that interferes with your writing? Is it a real or an imaginary obligation?

2 comments:

Ali said...

Interesting question. Most of the time, I don't find my writing time being usurped by obligations, but rather by time-wasters like TV or homework (okay, maybe that second one is sort of an obligation).

For me, it's usually not that I don't have the time, but rather that I don't make it.

Debbie said...

Oh, I do that, too. So I have lots of reasons not to write.