I was reading Joanna Penn’s Business for Authors this morning when a sentence whacked me round the chops.
Joanna was talking about how distractions such as twitter, facebook and the internet can swallow up hours of our time…
Time spent “watching what others are doing instead of creating our own art.”
This new take on distractions took me so much by surprise, I had to put the book down for a moment so that my brain and I could have a little conflab.
After much frowning and staring into space, I concluded I do this A LOT.
For example, one of my favourite pastimes is looking up books on Amazon. (Strangely, my Amazon wish list contains 174 items.)
Trouble is, when I spot the kind of quirky illustrations I like, I am overcome with happiness and, well, envy.
(You know when you scratch an itch and it’s painful and pleasurable at the same time? It’s kind of like that.)
Now I’m seeing ‘distractions’ in a new light. How many of us watch other people’s art enviously from the sidelines, when what we really want to do is create our own art? And does how we choose to ‘waste our time’ tell us what sort of art we’d be happiest creating?
Hmm, I’m off for a cuppa to ponder the gigantic mind-boggling enormity of all this …