To Hell With Pragmatism

Pragmatism, that sleazy little fellow, tells me to get the word lists done, get the dishes done, create a shopping list – otherwise I’ll be scrapping together a dinner that only makes a nod toward healthy during a time I can actually make something from scratch.  Pragmatism says I’ll regret it if I’m not getting ready for what will be a very hectic, stressful semester. To which I say–.  Okay, that might be a little too rude.

But when is a writer supposed to write if not now?  Now.  Before the kids come home; while the coffee is brewing; while pulling over the side of the road enroute to work; while making dinner (or instead of it)…  Now.   Because otherwise, when?

Pragmatism is making snippy remarks about the late nights and stress headaches I’ll have in a few weeks because I didn’t put in a few hours right now.  But I’ll have those anyway.  It’s winter break, when I don’t have a running conversation with my other alter-ego about which students to push, which to check in on, which assignments need to be discussed and which can be ignored.  There’s no room for writing—not even the passing nod to the pragmatic kind like this post—during all that internal nattering.

Don’t you find it strange that when we’re in school we are expected to get creative about time and make sure our homework gets done, but when we are out of school we don’t keep the same expectations about our writing.?  Something – I’ll lay money on it—we all feel is much more rewarding and worthwhile than the class for which we blew off laundry for a week so we could work on a paper.

What will you do to write?

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2 thoughts on “To Hell With Pragmatism

  1. I only write when I can, forced only by my whim. I also do not write unless I want to, so it can be said that nothing comes off these fingertips without a bit of inspiration. Perhaps the true details are written in my age? I stop to listen, stop to look, and remind myself that life will not slow down. It grows ever more fast as I age.

    Lovely writing. I relate to your panic. Youth gives us the options. Please continue your quest. Your eagerness is refreshing.

  2. I am in the position of being able to write when I like. I have no real family responsibilities even though I live with my oldest daughter, SIL and oldest granddaughter and I am now retired from work. The only thing that stops me from writing is reading so many blogs 😀 I find I do my best writing early in the morning – that is, I would do if I could wake up before everyone else and before the morning noise starts. TV and radio blaring, blender grinding ice for smoothies. One thing I can’t do is write with background noise. I usually wear headphones to block out external noise. I actually did more writing when I was working full time. I’d come home from work, have dinner and then write for 4-5 hours. Maybe I need to get a new job 😀

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