is not writing.” James Baldwin
This quote was originally intended to convey the idea that the writing shouldn’t look like writing, to write a sentence so well that it doesn’t look like writing. The reader isn’t distracted by a writer showing off, he’s just pulled into the story.
I see the above quote in another light. You as a writer have a job description that can be easily manipulated into other seemingly valuable activities which end up as non essential paths down an endless slide of distraction and procrastination.
Your job is simple: write.
Trying to find the time, the inspiration, the muse or the means is a waste…and in the end is much more frustrating than just getting in the chair and putting words on paper.
So go fire it up, and just write.