Zen and the art of writing

I can’t find it now, but a while back I saw a little comic on what you should do to help balance your life as a writer. Like getting exercise, leaving the house, etc. The one that I have the hardest time with is taking time to consume as well as produce.

I’m horrible at taking time off from writing. I feel guilty when I’m not working on some aspect of writing. That time spent watching TV could have been spent editing ten pages. Or writing two. Or taking another shot at the query. Or researching agents. or… argh.

I have the feeling I don’t have any time to waste on other stuff. I think yesterday was the first time in a long time I spent less than an hour on writing stuff. Felt good. I worry about getting sucked into just consuming. I’ve spent too much time doing that.