Monday, August 12, 2013

"But I don't want to be a pirate!"

Props to whoever can name that TV show quote. ;)

Today is going to be all about want vs. need. And specifically, want vs. need when it comes to our "ideal writing situation". You know the one I'm talking about. The perfect day where it's a drizzling rain all day, the kids are somewhere else, you've got unlimited coffee brewing in a coffeemaker, you're wearing your favorite fuzzy slippers and you just bust out in this huge burst of inspiration that lands you a 15K word count by the end of the day.

Or whatever your perfect scenario is.

Sometimes I get so caught up in what is lacking to make my writing productive that I don't pay attention to what I already have. So today, I'm going to make a list of what I really NEED to write. And then a list of what are just wants. Feel free to add your own!

A laptop
Time where child is distracted/playing/resting/napping

Clean House
Long stretches of time
No distractions

See what I mean? All of a sudden, my day is looking to be much more productive just because now I'm realizing that I CAN write - even though my house is a wreck, my son keeps interrupting me, I have no idea what I'm making for dinner and I'm not totally certain what I'm going to be writing today.

But I've been given these minutes - these five, maybe ten minutes - and I know that if I use them wisely, God can make the most of them.

So. What are your needs and wants? And how many of them could you potentially sacrifice today?


  1. NEEDS
    Not nap-needy (!)
    Laptop Printout & Pen (if editing)

    Peaceful kids
    Coffee, water, etc
    Music (sometimes)

    1. (There was supposed to be an OR between Laptop and Printout!)

  2. I NEED a laptop (have that), a Bible, and a desk of some sort (could possibly qualify as a want).
    I WANT coffee, M&MS, a "beachy" candle, and total solitude. All of those can be sacrificed, of course. Lol.

  3. NEEDS - laptop, wifi, Bible, music, coffee, and chocolate. Sorry, chocolate and coffee ARE needs. :)

    1. Okay. If you can justify coffee and chocolate as needs, then I can too because I can say that you said so. Yay!
      I need coffee and chocolate. :)

    2. Hey, it's Biblical. Coffee and chocolate gladden the heart, and we are supposed to rejoice evermore. Get my theology? ;)