Writing When You Don’t Want To .. Guest post by Kathryn Jones

Today, I’m pleased to announce that Kathryn Jones is the Guest Blogger on Before You Write.  Kathryn Jones is a published writer of fiction, non-fiction and journalism. Her latest book, Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones, was published this January. She lives in Utah (and in the same upper-floor) with her husband, daughter, and two grandchildren.


Writing When You Don’t Want To

by Kathryn Jones

The truth? We’re writers but we don’t always want to write. At times, even scrubbing the toilet seems like a better job.

I’d like to think that as writers we always want to create, but I was reminded again only yesterday, that because writing is a job, we don’t always want to do it. I was reminded by my husband.

After a long day at work (he’s a salesman), my husband of 32 years came home and plopped right into his desk chair. Looking at me with red eyes he said, “You wouldn’t believe the kind of day I’ve had.

“What kind of day?” I answered, fully expecting him to say that he served some strange customer or some lady who thought she was at a swap meet and wanted the cheapest prices possible.

Instead he said, “I didn’t even want to go.”

“To work?”

He nodded.

Why?” I asked.

“I’m not really sure. I really didn’t want to spend my time at work today. But I went.”

Haven’t you ever felt that way? Even today?

I’ve felt that way many times with my own work, but I still do it. It’s one of those things that I need to do, and not just because I need to make a little money. I gain satisfaction in writing. I grow. I have fun. I even feel more secure within myself when I put pen to paper.

Even when I don’t want to write, something incredible happens when I do. Something comes out, something good.

I may have to:

  • Go through my filing system for a topic to write on.
  • Write gobbledy-gook for awhile until something worth writing comes out.
  • Grab a book, and without looking, point to a word. Whatever word it is I start with that one.
  • Get a hold of a magazine, and write something based on the picture I see.
  • Sit for awhile outside and write what I see.
  • Take a ride on the bus and pay special attention to conversation around me.
  • Write about the vacation I’m going to take when I get rich and famous.

But I try, with everything I am, not to clean out the toilet. I know from past experience this desire is not real, but only a way of escaping my work.

So I try not to listen and get to work.


Kathryn…. great suggestions and a reminder that work is waiting for us… Thanks so much for your post…. Lou

Kathryn has been a published writer since 1987.  She has published various newspaper stories, magazine articles, essays and short stories for teens and adults.  She is the author of: A River of Stones, a young adult fiction novel dealing with divorce published in 2002, and Conquering your Goliaths—A Parable of the Five Stones, a Christian novel published in January of 2012. Her newest creation, a Conquering your Goliaths—Guidebook, was published in February of 2012.

Please take a look at her books and website.

Amazon Links: Book: Conquering Your Goliaths

Guidebook: Conquering Goliaths Guidebook

Website: http://www.ariverofstones.com

About loubelcher

I'm a freelance artist and writer. I enjoy anything whimsical and my art and writing generally concentrate on the lighter side of life.
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5 Responses to Writing When You Don’t Want To .. Guest post by Kathryn Jones

  1. cindy says:

    So very true…will share with all my painting buddies.

  2. swedegis says:

    Kathryn, So true for us all. As a painter I relate to all you said..the toilet looks so inviting rather then set to our work. . Enjoyed your convo with your husband.! Going now to find your book! Sheila Wedegis

  3. I have those days often. I just don’t want to do it but I have to. When I’ve completed the task I feel like I have climbed a mountain and it feels pretty good.

  4. Great blog. Now I have to go walk the dogs, do the laundry, cut my finger nails….oops, I mean go write!

  5. Thank you everyone for your splendid comments!

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