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Everyday Activities that Definitely Count as Writing

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody.

Raise your hand if you’re still managing to meet your writing goals during a global pandemic [1].

Ha! Trick question! If you were really writing, both hands would still be on your keyboard. And you know what? That’s okay! It’s hard to find the mental energy to create when so much of it is consumed by work, social distancing, missing friends and loved ones, keeping kids safe during the new school year, and just trying to stay alive. If you’re stressing about your writing career [2], go easy on yourself—you’re already doing a lot more than you think. A lot of your daily tasks are perfectly valid parts of the writing process. Don’t believe me? Let’s review a few everyday tasks that totally count as writing time.

Prewriting

Brainstorming

camera, notebook, phone on a table [4]
photo by Mark Hunter

Interviewing

Now that you know how many of your daily activities count as writing time, you can rest assured that you’re always moving your career forward. As a writer, it’s comforting to know that, even during a once-in-a-century plague, no matter what you’re doing, you still don’t get a day off from what amounts to a second job that you don’t get paid for.

What are your favorite nontraditional writing tasks? Share your tips in the comments!

About Bill Ferris [5]

After college, Bill Ferris [6] left Nebraska for Florida to become a rich and famous rock star. Failing that, he picked up the pen to become a rich and famous novelist. He now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and looks forward to a life of poverty and ridicule.

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