What’s your excuse?


Day 29 of 31. Woohoo! I’m almost done this daily blog challenge. I admit, it’s been fun and very…uh…challenging, to say the least. Finding time most days was easy, but there are a few instances when it seemed time got away and I didn’t get to write until late in the evening. But no matter what, I wrote every single day since January 26. Why? Because I wanted to. Finding a topic, however, every single day, was quite a task in itself.

During my morning devotions, I read a quote that prompted an idea for today’s blog post.

He that is good for making excuses
is seldom good for anything else.
~ Benjamin Franklin


Today, I want to talk about excuses. We all have them. We all make them. I’m sure we all believe they’re legitimate too.  

I can’t write because I don’t have time… I can’t afford to take creative writing classes… my family needs my attention… I work a full-time job outside the home…

Sounds familiar?

Hey, I’ve been there. I wrote my first novel — with pen and paper, between phone calls as a customer service rep. I then had to transcribe everything to my computer when I came home after my shift. Yet, I had over 50,000 words in 30 days. I know what it’s like to scramble. 

It’s easy to find all sorts of reasons why we can’t write. This thought-pattern stops us from moving forward. Instead of making excuses, shouldn’t we look for a way to get results?

On January 28, I wrote about making things happen. Finding time to write is not always easy, but personally, I think a lot of it is excuses. I’m not talking about setting your priorities aside. Precious time with family should always be number 1. And yes, there are meals to prepare, a house to clean, laundry to do. I get that. 


What I’m talking about are things like some TV show(s) you say you have to watch every night. If you really want to write, can’t you use that hour or two (or more) to do so? (I say YOU because I rarely ever watch TV anymore. I can’t seem to find anything suitable for my liking). What about the computer where we (I’m guilty) spend way too much time scrolling through different social media apps? 

Pretend there’s a timer on those apps, and it starts the moment we opened it. A big number flashes on our screen when we X out. What does your timer say? Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT saying those apps are bad. They keep us connected with our family and friends (and many people we don’t even know who sent a friend request for whatever reason). 

Isn’t it time we get rid of excuses, and add writing to our to-do list? I did that some time ago. Some say I spend too much time on the computer. I tell them I prefer to do research for my next novel, or blog post. 

What’s your excuse? Please leave a comment below. 


2 thoughts on “What’s your excuse?

  1. Do you wonder if our excuses are just a way to cover our fears? For me, I think that was the case. In the last few years, a lot of visitors have been in our home, and every time someone was coming, I put my writing away. Shopping, cleaning, cooking, before and after – those were my excuses to not write my book. But truthfully, they were just my fears coming out. Fear of finishing, fear of not finishing.

    In the last few months, I’ve realized something – I want this book written, more than anything I’ve ever wanted. And fears or not, I finally have to stop making excuses.

    I also realize people aren’t coming to my home to check out my cooking and cleaning abilities (at least, I hope not!); that working on my book instead of preparing a perfect meal or cleaning every nook and cranny doesn’t mean I love my family or my visitors any less. If anything, when I’ve given time to me, I am a much happier person.

    So, no more excuses. No more procrastination. And though the fear is still there, I am facing it head-on.

    It’s amazing how much one can get done without excuses.

    Great message! Thank you for writing this.

    • Thank you so much for your comment. You’re absolutely right. We can accomplish so much more when we set aside excuses. It’s sometimes tough to do, but hey, when you’ve mastered the art (it sure feels like that’s what it is sometimes), you’ve got it made. Schedule is key for me. If I follow a routine, I get more done. Without it, everything falls apart.
      Have a blessed evening.

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