Friday, June 3, 2011

Excuses to Toss Aside

I have plenty excuses for things: exercise, legitimate blog posts, laundry. When it comes to writing, I can't think of anything though I'm sure there's something I use.

*racks brain*

*plays Bejeweled*

If I had one excuse it involves cash. Since I'm half of the Gregoire-Poirier super force, all finances are shared. This means that even if I want to take that 10-week course on short story writing, I need to weigh it against things like bills. That's one excuse I'd love to chuck aside, but my other half might get upset.

Thoughts like that are depressing, not to mention it's Friday, so let's lighten it up.
  • Only the classics help you become a better writer. I've thrown this out long ago. You can learn just as much about pacing, conflict, and tension from novels that deal with quivering members and heaving bosoms.
  • Bejeweled helps me brainstorm. No it doesn't, freewriting works better.
  • There's too much TV to watch. There is, but sacrifices must be made. That means Highlander, Renegade, and other questionable TV from the 1990s will be shelved.

But Alicia, you only list 3 things.
Actually, with the paragraph about money, that makes 4. So this will be a Four for Friday.

Enjoy the weekend, Lurkdom. Don't forget to head over to Paper Hangover to join in the fun!

___________ hit of the day: Almost Home by Michale Graves


  1. I so agree with you that all good books help you become a writer. That's such an important point.

  2. Ah, yes, the books. Excellent point.

  3. I always have to take the money stuff into account too. Although I don't see why hubs gets his panties in a bundle when I try to spend all of our joint income on writing classes and events. ;)

  4. Classics, schmassics. Just made that up, like it? :)

    But I think this is a really great point you make. So often people say you have to read the classics - it's a must! And like you, I completely disagree.

    While I'll admit I'm an avid fan of Shakespeare, I'll also admit (ready for this?), I've never read Pride and Prejudice...or anything from Jane Austen for that matter. Don't get me wrong, I've tried (okay, so I was in junior high), but it just didn't suit me at the time. And the sad thing is, I own a 2nd edition of P& maybe one of these days I'll read it (cause I hear Mr. Darcy is a dream!). But either way, I don't think my writing has suffered because I haven't.

    Great list!

  5. Money stuff can be such a bummer. That used to be a big excuse for me too. I realized that even though going to a class would be awesome that I could go to the library and check out books on writing for free. I did this as much as I could.

    I did see this money tree craft in the dollar section at Target. Make your own money tree but that's just silly. Everyone knows if you want to grow a money tree you plant quarters in the yard.

  6. I love your list, I was chuckling the whole time I was reading it. Love the one about Bejeweled. That's the excuse I use for TV. :)

  7. Amen to the TV. There's too many shows to juggle. :)


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