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Sticking It to Sloth

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   10 Comments | Posted in Seven Deadly Sins · sloth · Writing
No creature personifies “Sloth” quite as well as a comfy cat.
(Photo courtesy of
Laziness is a synonym for Sloth.  I read that, traditionally, it is the last of the Seven Deadly Sins (though Dante’s Inferno puts it at #4). I’m going with the traditional ranking of last, because this makes it a better character flaw than, say, Pride, the big numero uno (even Dante agrees Pride is the biggie).  The other five are Avarice, Greed/Envy, Wrath/Anger, Lust, and Gluttony.
I don’t set out to be Lazy. In fact, I’m busy as an ant colony drone. And that’s the problem. Busy takes up oodles of time and when I’m busy I’m not writing. And when I sit down to write, well . . . lately, I’m not.
Writing should mean turning the bones of a story into a full-fleshed body, and spending time with characters that alternately thrill and drive me insane. It should be reading and editing and re-writing and editing some more. But lately, writing has come to mean blogging, reading the news, and Googling ooh-gobs of stuff that has nothing to do with writing at all, like whatever happened to the kid who played Webster and why is the spectacular Suits a summer filler and not a regular show?
See what I mean? Unproductive. Lazy. Slothful.
I should be writing. I want to write. When not writing I think about it and things pertaining to it. So when I have the chance, why don’t I? Well, because no matter how much I love writing, it is hard work. Harder than reading other blogs and leaving comments. Harder than Googling Criminal Minds for spoilers and checking e-mail.
One of the awful things about Laziness is that it breeds more Laziness, until that ooky stuff oozes all over the keyboard, being absorbed into my fingers where it seeps into my veins and finally takes up residence in my brain, like an alien virus. The longer I sit at my laptop doing the easy things, the less time and inclination I have to perfect the character’s voice in chapter six, and the more I look like the above pictured cat.
So . . . I’m taking a stand against Lazy. I will not succumb to Sloth. I’ve promised myself that my writing—real writing—will get quality time every day. Because I refuse to be just an ant colony drone in my own life. I want to be Queen.
Oops. That sounds a smidge like Pride, doesn’t it? Ah, well, buttercup. One step at a time.
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10 Responses to "Sticking It to Sloth"

  1. Comment by Sarah
    September 28, 2011 at 6:30 am  

    I don't know; I'm inclined to give you a pass on this one. I have times when I'm just not in the right headspace to write, and I end up doing a lot of those things. I refuse to beat myself up about it because I can't be *on* all the time. However, I support you in your commitment to get your rear in the chair and perfect chapter six!

  2. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    September 28, 2011 at 7:56 am  

    I can identify with this post, Lisa. Just when I think I have nothing to put on paper, I dream a complete poem, a good one. When I try too hard to write, I get a headache, but when I allow myself to write, it flows. You my friend, are prolific. You write complete stories in a paragraph.

  3. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    September 28, 2011 at 10:16 am  

    Lisa you have called me out. I understand completely what you're writing about. Ann Patchett's book on writing has helped motivate me lately to be a tad less lazy.

  4. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    September 28, 2011 at 11:54 am  

    Oh, Lisa, even if you are taking a rest from writing, I know that you are not lazy. You'll get back to it when the time is right and kick out tons of great stuff. I think that we just go in cycles. I have just planned on getting back to my tough writing projects in the fall all summer long, and know that the urge will hit me soon. This was a great post, by the way!Hugs,Kathy M.

  5. Comment by Tammy
    September 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm  

    I could SO relate to this post! Yet it was inspiring too. Thank you and good luck. And P.S.-*chocolate* gluttony doesn't count, right??

  6. Comment by Dorian Susan
    September 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm  

    I hear you. I don't feel lazy, I feel like I'm wasting time. Or is that the same thing. I too enjoy writing, but mostly just on the blog or to free the mind. I can't imagine the hard work, the digging for inspiration that it takes to develop characters, plots, etc.Love that cat pose. In my next life I want to be a cat. They seem to have it made. Guess who is lounging between my wrists as I'm typing….yes, Princess P.

  7. Comment by Karen Lange
    September 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm  

    Oh my yes, busy takes up SO much time. I'm with you, fighting the sloth!

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm  

    Sarah – It's just so darn easy to do other things! Thanks for the pass. I'll use it!Thanks, Linda. :)Laraine – Thanks for the tip. I'll check out that book.Kathy – Thank you! Tammy – Chocolate is medicinal, so it can't be considered gluttony. (Let's stick by that one.)Dorian – You're right! Wasting time, yes. And I agree. . .next life, I definitely want to be a cat. And cats all have such a great self-image, don't they? LOLKaren – It IS a fight. At least today. 🙂

  9. Comment by Lynn
    September 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm  

    I feel your pain. Been trying to write myself, which is why my blogging and comments haven't been up to par. It's one or the other.

  10. Comment by Seasons
    October 1, 2011 at 11:28 pm  

    Hi Lisa, please don't discourage yourself. You expect a lot from yourself, your writing. In some way, you keep yourself engaged in what you love doing. Perhaps not consciously, but you are getting prepared. The "real writing" as you call it, that too will come. When it comes, and you love it so, you won't be able to stop it.By the way, laziness is undesirable but not a sin. (Proverbs 6:16-19 – check it, if you like).

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