Spinning Plates

I’m a lazy writer.

PHEEEW. That was hard to say. Or write. Because I am lazy, after all; WordPress had to remind me to write a blog this month.
But am I just being too hard on myself? Perhaps ‘lazy’ isn’t the best way to describe it; ‘distracted’ might be better. There are so many different things I’d like to do, it’s hard to focus on making just one thing the best it can possibly be.

I wrote down a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish this year, and they are (in no particular order):

  • Finish my novel
  • Write a spec TV script (or two) for a current show
  • Write an original pilot TV script / screenplay
  • Write another large handful of short stories

Funny thing is, as I move the list from humble paper to the inkless world of the internet, I left out a couple of things that, actually, didn’t concern me as much as the shortlisted accomplishments above. The missing items were:

  • to crack on with the next module at the OU


  • to carry on plugging away at my assignments with the Writer’s Bureau (which I’m not entirely sure I’m enjoying any more).

Which is neat. I can’t say I’m entirely surprised; school and academic achievements were never high on my to-do list. It was just a legal requirement for most of my life, that’s all.

With these out of the way, suddenly, the four accomplishments don’t seem so mind-numbingly impossible to do. Granted, you could very rightly argue that writing ‘a handful of stories’ is an unquantifiable amount of tasks, but I’m choosing to overlook that right now.

The important thing is that though my list felt damn near impossible to achieve on paper, it’s become easier in my head. And that is the first and biggest hurdle.


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