I thought that I was the only one until I discovered it’s a common thing amongst creative minds. I’m surely, not the only one! Most writer I “meet” – either through other blogs or on Twitter seem to have this issue – procrastination. Apparently, writers and other creative souls are masters in procrastinating on their work. I guess it’s an occupational hazard.
When it comes to me and my writing, I’m a master at procrastinating. I seem to have an excuse for every moment spent not writing; ‘later’ never seems to come. And when I do, procrastinate, that is, I feel guilty and try to figure out the source of the problem. Why do I procrastinate? Why do choose not to write when I should?
1—Because I convince myself that I have all the time in the world. Well, at least I would like to think so. However, It’s not like I have a deadline or anything. Therefore, in a sense, I do have time. Perhaps, if I had a deadline it would speed things up?! Seriously though, I need a deadline. I’ll figure that out later. I know the story, so it can wait. Not realizing I’m slowly losing some great points to the story along the way – later. And whilst procrastinating my characters are screaming to get out. My notebooks staring at me with resentment.
2—Fear. Plain and simple, yet a menace. Fear of failing and critics. Fear of realizing far ahead that you suck as a writer or that you’ve invested so much into nothingness. But let’s not forget that the ‘self’ is our worst enemy and critic at times.
3—Lack of motivation and inspiration. However, I’ve found out from experience that once I force myself to start and get going, I find myself in the zone to a point where it’s almost impossible to stop. So, a ‘just do it’ approach can sometime work. But for me, I need a tiny bit of inspiration and motivation, without just even a tiny spark I can find myself staring at a blank page. Or even wander off in the world of social media. But seeking inspiration through social media can sometime assist in that direction. Plus it counts as reading and every writer must also read, so they say.
4—The discouraging grand task. Imagining how many words you’ll have to write and how long it’s all going to take it’s bound to send any writer into procrastination mode. The illusion of not having time thus making time for everything else but writing.
We complain, we procrastinate but there’s no denying that most writers enjoy writing.
I, myself included. I’m pretty sure I’ll keep procrastinating – I’ll probably use all existing excuses there is in the book. But eventually I’ll get to the finish line.
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