After many years of not writing or, at least, not writing what I wanted to write I think I’ve found the answer. Make writing the distraction. It’s what I do when I don’t want to do something else. Because I have all of these things I’m committed to do I sneak away mentally, open a new story in Medium and add a thought. When I have something I don’t really want to do I pick one of the thoughts and write about it. But I have to do it quickly or I will feel too guilty. So instead of being guilty because I don’t write I feel guilty because I do. That works and I can’t afford to spend too much time editing so I just do it.
And I can avoid all those brownies, chocolate cakes and trips to Starbucks. It’s more fun getting in some illicit writing.