Sunday, December 22, 2013

What should you be doing?

How many times have you said to yourself, “I should be doing … “

A)     Something productive
B)     Something lucrative
C)     Something else

If you’re like me, you’ve said it many times. But what if there is no such thing as “should?” What happens when you realize it’s meaningless? Well, either you do what you need to or you don’t, but getting hung up on “should” is a waste of time.

So ride out the end of the year without guilt or shame or embarrassment about what you “should” be doing. Enjoy the moment, and if you write something wonderful, that’s great. And if you don’t open a document between now and Jan 6, remember that guilt is a wasted emotion, so save it for your characters.

Write soon, (but don’t beat yourself up about it if you don’t)


P.S. Have a wonderful holiday season!


  1. Great advice. January is my most productive month, as I am lax on writing in December and guilt written by new year.

  2. Mary--I am usually "guilty" in December, but I just reach over and eat another piece of chocolate and the feelings of guilt ebb away...

    Thanks for the post, Mary.

  3. Hi Mary,
    How true!
    I should be cleaning for company coming Christmas Day, but here I am catching up on blog posts.

  4. Yes, that word "should" needs to be eliminated! Hope you're having a great start to the New Year... writing! (Have the weather to do so!)