Writing 101 – Day 11 – Writing and not writing

Does writing make me happy? Yes, it does! Do I want to keep doing it all my life? Yes, I do! Do I write or think about writing ALL the time? Errr…no I don’t.

I find it difficult to write all the time even if I wanted to do it. See the thing is, I mostly write when there is a serious itch in my fingers. I don’t want to label myself negatively but it’s no secret that I am somewhat of an expert in procrastination (something that I am definitely trying to become a non-expert in!). I often lose great ideas/quotes/lines/paragraphs because I am too lazy to find my notebook and pen and write them down somewhere when inspiration strikes.

Nevertheless this post is NOT about writer’s block or procrastination, it is about maintaining a balance between writing and the rest of your life. So what do I do to take a break from writing?

  1. Running and Yoga: Quite recently, I have taken up running and as a beginner, I do this about 3 times a week. The other 4 days, I practice yoga to supplement running.
  2. Watch productive and inspirational videos – While practicing yoga in my living room, I’ll put on inspirational videos on the TV. It gives me a huge kick on the behind to keep going.
  3. Read – I love reading (as you can tell from my blog’s main theme) but I’m a bit of a distracted reader. I’ll pick up a book and 5 pages later, I’ll probably put it down and:
  4. Watch totally unproductive videos – Great procrastination tools – cat videos, baby videos, comedy clips (my latest favourite is Gaurav Gera’s Chutki and Shopkeeper), talk shows, movies, music videos, TV series’ et cetera.
  5. Spend time on social media (and by that I mean, end up on totally random stranger’s Instagram account and look at their pictures – admit it, we ALL inadvertently do this!)
  6. Catch up with friends and family – It’s not always possible to meet up personally, so we usually just IM each other but also try to make plans as much as we can on the weekends.
  7. Indulge in some de-cluttering, organizing and cleaning – I find de-cluttering and organizing to be the best therapy to bring back inspiration and focus.
  8. Cooking – The satisfaction of a well-turned out recipe is incomparable.
  9. Listen to some nice music and dance/sing along – Because why not?
  10. Sleep – The best way to maintain equilibrium is a much-needed shut eye.


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25 thoughts on “Writing 101 – Day 11 – Writing and not writing

    • Thistles and Whistles says:

      Oh trust me Sona, I don’t have my plate full at all. I am not working at the moment, so I am using this opportunity to do a variety of things which I would always say I never had time for. Writing, reading and exercising are the top things I usually focus on in this list though. The others are just fillers. 🙂

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      • writenlive says:

        The fillers are very important too. And you know, those things do provide peasant distractions. I loved the one where you said that you trawl the web, looking at random strangers’ instagram pictures. Lol.
        Well, you are fortunate that you have plenty of time now to do things you love. Life doesn’t give us free time, all the time 🙂

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  1. Sherina Harris says:

    I find organizing and cleaning helpful as well! Last night I was struggling to think of something to write about so, instead of staring at the blank document on my screen, I started to clean my closet… and not much later, I came up with an idea and rushed back to my computer to write!!

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    • Thistles and Whistles says:

      I’m so glad you can relate! I was never like this though, I was one of those extremely messy people whose closets attacked them as soon as they opened the door! LOL. Now, it’s so much better with a bit of organizing tools! Thanks for reminding me btw, I needed to clean out my closet too and hopefully I’ll find an idea tucked away in between all the old clothes! 😀

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      • Anand says:

        My writing style is the only redeeming feature of this whole blogging rigmarole. I fare terribly on visiting blogs, commenting, and participating in events. Thanks so much for your kind words.

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      • Thistles and Whistles says:

        I understand completely, it takes a lot of time (if you’re anything like me!) to write a post, and it does become difficult to visit, read, comment and do other blog-related stuff. Your blog is indeed very unique because of your writing and caricatures so keep writing and they will come! 😀


  2. Roberta Briffa says:

    Great points and ideas! I would love to know how you go about decluttering. I am always looking for tips on that as it’s the bane of my life! I’m pretty organised but some things do slip! Also thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m browsing through yours right now. I just love the look of it!

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    • Thistles and Whistles says:

      Thank you so much Roberta for the kind comments ! I loved your blog too! I am still learning the ropes of organizing my life but I have started using a few practical tips from sources like Alejandra.tv and Do It On A Dime (you can find their amazing videos on YouTube) 🙂

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