“I had become someone who professionally replied to e-mail and who wrote as a hobby. I started to answer fewer e-mails and was relieved to find I was writing much more.” ~ Neil Gaiman
This quote is an excerpt from a commencement speech Neil Gaiman gave at The University of the Arts in 2012. I wrote about it in the post Listen to Your Inner Voice in June. If you haven’t heard it and you’re a creative type, then you should.
The words really struck a chord with me as I was trying to find some balance between blogging and writing, so I wrote it down on a slip of paper. I had intended to display it conspicuously so I wouldn’t fall into the same trap. Writing was to remain the primary focus of my day, but the slip of paper got tucked away, and the warning slipped my mind. I fell victim to the trap. The urgent call of e-mails screaming, “Open! Read me! Now!” became the primary focus of my day. Writing took a back seat to everything else.
I just came across the slip of paper, and although I’ve already rectified the situation, it is now prominently displayed on my desk. Answering e-mails won’t make me a writer, only writing can do that.