I have writers block.
An amazing claim to make, I know, especially considering you’re reading this on my blog and all, but it’s true. I’ve had writers block for about six months or so. I know it’s not unusual and I’ve dealt with it before… Just for never quite this long. It kinda stinks really. Especially when you’re a writer and it’s kind of what you have to do.
Today, while I was sitting on the couch not writing, my husband asked “So, what are you writing about these days?” I looked at him and shrugged with the same expression my son uses when I ask him who ate the last of the cookies that were on the kitchen table.
“Totally clueless” I said. “I have nothing to write about.”
“How do you have nothing to write about? What about your project to be more positive?”
Again, my ‘I don’t know who ate the cookies’ look.
“I think it’s all that junk TV rotting your brain,” he laughed.
Of course I know he was joking. But you know, he’s kind of right. I’m totally addicted to TV. Ever since getting sick and finding myself on the couch way more than is normal for somebody my age, TV has turned into my crutch. If I’m bored, on goes the TV. If I’m lonely, to the TV again. If I’m tied to the couch with a bag of chips and need a distraction from how much garbage I’m eating, my good friend TV (with his buddies Netflix and Hulu) come right along with.
If I were to count it out, the TV is on in my house from about 8am to 10pm, so 14 hours a day. While I don’t sit down and watch it that whole time, it is persistent background noise that influences my day and the whole flow of my household.
I think so much brainless TV noise has made me, in a word, brainless. Or at least brainless in the sense that I can’t get through my mental fog and be as productive as I could or should be. I’m too busy hearing the TV.
So I think it’s time for TV and I to go on a Ross and Rachel-style break. Like a break, but not a break up. Just a break.
How am I going to get a handle on my addicted-to-trash-TV habit and maybe refocus my poor creativity? Here are my rules:
- Limit My TV Consumption
Sure TV is my first and longest-lasting friend, but he shouldn’t be my only friend. And let’s be honest, if I had a relationship with another person like I do with my television, then my TV would have blocked me on social media, changed their cell phone number, and filed a restraining order. So no TV before 3pm during the week sounds pretty reasonable to me. Heck, let’s make it 5pm.
- No More Trash TV… Within Reason
I can’t help it… I love me some “Real Housewives” and I’m obsessed with “Hell’s Kitchen,” but it’s not exactly brain food. So what I need is less junk, more substance. More “Downton Abbey,” less “Vanderpump Rules.” From now on, only one hour of trash TV a day.
I know what you’re thinking… Isn’t this a highly subjective rule? Maybe. But I just had to ask my husband “what’s the word for when you think something is one way and somebody else thinks it’s different?” Hello people, I’m a writer and I couldn’t think of the word “subjective.” Clearly, my brain needs help.
- Give a Hoot, Read a Book
Just like when you’re trying to quit junk food, you have to fill the void with a healthier option. In this case, books. But no, not “Parks and Recreation: The Novel,” but actual books. Thought provoking, soul stirring, imagination-fueling books. Or at least a good book to inspire me on my road to positive living and creative thinking.
In fact, check out that funky thing I just added to my sidebar and that little tab on my menu… How’s that for accountability? Plus, you can read along if you’re so inclined.
I’m not knocking TV, Hulu, Netflix, or “Real Housewives.” They have gotten me through everything from medical procedures to the flu and everything in between. It’s just that maybe less time being a non-productive exist-er and more time being a thoughtful live-er is in order. If I were to die tomorrow, I don’t want people to say “And she could binge watch a TV show like nobody’s business.”
My need to be imaginative, creative, and happy is craving a change that helps me get my groove back. I want to really bring about a positive lifestyle change and I just can’t do that in front of the TV.
Otherwise, I’ll find myself meaning to write a rant about how I’m dealing with writers block but instead tackling my TV addiction while using references from “The Simpsons.” Oh, wait… Crap.