My biggest pet peeve is when writers tell me, “I don’t have time to write.” It’s a lament I hear all the time, oh, how do you find the time? I wish I had some free time to write, I just really want to write a book but I’m so busy. . . and then, inevitably, the conversation turns to whatever video game or TV show they’re binging on. No time for writing, but six hours to spare for House of Cards. I see.
Here’s a thought — that time you’re spending passively slack-jawed in front of someone else’s creative output? That’s time you could be writing!
Look, I love TV, but it’s the first thing to go when there’s writing to be done. And I’m not saying all pleasures must be sacrificed to the mighty altar of work, but a book or a story or an essay isn’t going to write itself.