I have been finding myself watching too much TV lately. Murder, She Wrote to be exact. I know, how can this lady have friends when wherever she goes someone dies? Well I have been watching the show as I do dishes and putz around the house. I am watching because of my usual escape, writing, isn’t as available to me these days. I need to work really hard to find time to write so I am turning to TV as my escape. It is my drug to compensate for this lack of writing.
Now above I said that writing is my escape from life. Well, it is and it isn’t. It does take me away from the rest of the world for a bit but when I come out of my writing practice I find that I am more connected and grounded than I was before I went into my zone. Writing and I gotta stick together.
Turning to the good ol’ telly as compensation for a lack of writing doesn’t seem like a cure at all. What a drug. It sweeps me into a world where all I want to do is watch TV. It needs to be restricted. It is like some drug that once you have a bit you need to be careful as it will entice you in again and again. Addiction could be easily around the corner. It is my belief that television is the last thing a writer, perhaps all artists fall in this category, should have in their life. It is does come in it should be in small doses. No five hours a day on the couch please.
Does anyone else feel this way about television and their art?
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