When Writing Sessions Aren’t Writing Sessions

Posted on 20 July 2011

Sometimes they’re deleting sessions. Sometimes they are researching sessions, or copy and paste sessions, or idea sessions.

They might be critiquing sessions, compiling excerpt sessions, thinking about book launch party sessions. They are chatting with your writer friends sessions, considering buying a new laptop sessions, or submission sessions.

Last weekend, my writing sessions were answering author Q&A sessions. They were personal statement writing sessions. They were freelance project sessions, which should be against the rules, but there you have it.

They were too many cups of green tea sessions. They were my cat climbing on the table and blocking the keyboard sessions. They were remembering I haven’t watered the plants in days sessions. They were let’s give up and read on the balcony hammock sessions.

They were an exercise in imagining the time when my writing session could be just that — a writing session.

What are you really doing when you think you’re writing?

Photo: Rennett Stowe


9 responses to When Writing Sessions Aren’t Writing Sessions

  • Sometimes they are wrangling my toddler sessions. Then, I just try again later.

  • Paul Lamb says:

    I’m doing much of the same (though without the cat business — two dogs instead). I still count them as writing sessions however.

  • Averil Dean says:

    Mostly they’re two steps forward, one step back sessions.

  • lisahgolden says:

    Lately, editing sessions have turned into writing new scene sessions, but there’s still a lot of getting up to what that sound was, feeding cats to keep them out of my face, hanging laundry and thinking of something I want to write down and having nothing with which to write it and listening to my son do the best Forrest Gump imitations sessions.

  • Teri says:

    The real question might also be: what are you writing when you’re supposed to be doing something else?

    How many times am I constructing a sentence, an opening, a title, a plot point — and paying no attention to the person sitting across from me??

  • lisahgolden says:

    Off topic. I’m an idiot! I just saw the Can’t Hug Every Cat video. Hilarious! Now I really get your comment from the other day.

    • Ha! When I posted that comment on your site, I knew it was possible that you hadn’t seen the video and would therefore probably think I was a little nuts. Then I figured that would make it even better, so I went ahead with it.

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