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The Call of the Void

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On Writing

Before I went to college, I made a vow to myself to stop procrastinating and always strive to get ahead. And for the most part, I’ve been pretty successful in keeping up with school and work. I have to give myself pretty strict deadlines, but every week is the same: I do all my homework over the weekend, so I can focus on my work at the paper for the following week. If I fail to do this, I’m behind. 

Last week, I mentioned trying my hand at writing a horror novel. Let’s be clear, I don’t have time to write a book. I started it over the summer and told myself I’ll come back to it over the breaks, but lo and behold, I find myself adding to the plot or giving more depth to my characters, knowing I have essays, group projects, and readings due. 

I’m not sure the exact quote or who it was by, but they said something along the lines of “you know you’re writing a book when you think about it in all parts of the day.” And I completely agree. To be fair, I have no idea what I’m doing half of the time or if there’s some holy process I should be following to writing a book, but it’s a start right? 

But in between those essays, group projects, and textbook readings, writing has been my silver lining. I remember a quote from Stephen King, who said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” It is because of this quote that I take the time out of my day to try and write and read, knowing I have other shit to do. But if the king of horror says you need to read more to write, you better believe I’m putting off whatever I have to do to make the time for what I want to do. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m going back to my procrastinator ways. But in my defense, I’m productively procrastinating, so it’s okay. 

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