Monday, June 21, 2021

Stop Watching TV and Develop the Discipline of Writing


Excessive Television Watching Wastes Time

I know this is a bitter pill to swallow for many people.

So, if you cannot live without it completely, then watch less television. But the better strategy to develop the discipline of writing is to use a streaming service. Today, technology allows you to do this with ease.

We have Hulu, Netflix, Pure Flix, Amazon Prime, and many other sources.

With these, you can fully control the televised content and even eliminate all commercials. Truth be told, commercials are the biggest time wasters of the entire experience.

For the better part of a decade, I did not watch television. Neither did I own a television.


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Stop Watching TV

My television stopped working in 2010 – may it rest in peace. Between 2010 and 2017, I wrote, edited and published over 30 books. I became a copywriter and then produced thousands of internet articles.

And, I took a two-year sabbatical for afterward.

If you stopped watching television and took a break from social media, you too can become an author and a working writer.

This is the secret to mastering your craft and accomplishing your goals.

You must do away with things that waste your time and watching television is a big time waster; in this century, it is only superseded by social media.

Every time, I sat down to watch television among friends and acquaintances, my mind was busy calculating how much I could have gotten done on my books. I thought about designing book covers, editing a manuscript, finishing up a batch of articles for a client or simply drafting a new book idea.

So, I no longer took pleasure in the experience and even became more aware of how it was negatively impacting society and dictating human behavior – not just our spending habits.

People spend upwards of four or more hours a day watching television programming and wasting time.

Statistics About TV Watching

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time (2.8 hours per day), accounting for just over half of all leisure time, on average. The amount of time spent watching TV varied by age. Those ages 15 to 44 spent the least amount of time watching TV, averaging around 2.0 hours per day, and those ages 65 and over spent the most time watching TV, averaging over 4.0 hours per day.”

But, you know in today’s binge-watching world, we can sit down and consume streamed content from six to twelve hours on any given day.

This is especially easy to do if you are watching addicting shows like Game of Thrones and Scandal.

This will cripple your efforts to develop the discipline of writing.

Majority of what you watch, you will not remember next month, next year and in some cases next week! How about investing those 10 to 14 hours each week? Use them to build your legacy, develop your writing skill and execute the strategies of how to become an author and a working writer.

What Are You Doing With Your Time?

Remember the saying about there being 24 hours in the day, the same 24 hours that you have, so too did Picasso, Albert Einstein and many of the greats? Think about how they spent their seconds, minutes, hours and days.

How will you spend yours?

How do you plan to develop the discipline of writing? Leave your comments in the field below.

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Check out her book How to Keep Writing

This book shares key practical strategies on how to become an author and a working writer. It helps you to get over the everyday nuisances that hinder the writing process. You can follow each strategy, at your own pace until you are writing often. It is geared towards both aspiring fiction and nonfiction authors and working writers who produce content, on a daily basis.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.


Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe


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