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Two Truths and a Lie

Here are two truths and a lie. Which of these statements is false:

  • I Write Every Day
  • I Read Every Day
  • I Cook Every Day

Writing Every Day

There is time set aside each day for me to sit down and make the minimum acceptable work count. This doesn’t include editing, proofreading, email, social media, or writing blog posts. It’s purely writing on a paying project, the novel, or both.

Reading Every Day

At some point each day I have a minimum of an hour to stick my nose into a book. It might be a novel, a business book, or a book about writing, but I’m reading something. Emails, social media posts, and news articles don’t count. It has to be a book.

Cooking Every Day

I prepare at least one meal per day from scratch. Most days it’s two or three. This does not include “assembly”, like making a sandwich. It also doesn’t include “heating up”, as in popping a frozen pizza into the oven. There is some skill and effort involved.

Two Truths and a Lie

I cook every day because it’s cheaper and healthier. It’s a form of creativity for me, and allows me to try new things and continually learn new techniques. It’s also a way of showing love to my wife by preparing her favorite meals. This is the truth.

Writing is how I make my living. If I’m not continually turning out new content, I can’t pay the bills. I freely admit to being a hack, because writing quickly, for money, 7 days a week, is why this can be my full-time job. This is the truth.

The sad truth is that I don’t read every day. Most days, yes, but not every day. It’s an eternal battle to find enough hours to run the household, operate a business, and write. TV time is social time with Katie. Which means, unfortunately, when something needs to slip it’s my reading time. This is the lie.


The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.

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