Why It’s So Hard to Sit Down and Get Your Writing Done

Meg Dowell Writes

There have probably been more than a few days in the last month — maybe even in the last week — were you fully intended to write, only to realize at 8 p.m. that you’re about ready to call it a night but haven’t even gotten the chance to open your laptop to write anything.

It’s not that you’re purposely avoiding it or that you’d rather be doing other things. Life sort of just keeps happening — as it does — and you just can’t seem to get a handle on the part of your days that are supposed to be all about writing.

But maybe it’s not your fault. Not entirely, anyway.

Maybe it’s also the fault of The Way Things Are.

In many aspects, the world we live in now is not structured to support writers. Long stretches of time spent in complete silence writing without interruption are…

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