Procrastinate: delay or postpone action; put off doing something.
Is this every writer’s dilemma?
I have been procrastinating a lot lately with my writing. Plotting and planning lots and making lots of excuses to not do what I love which is writing!
Yes, I work full time and am a mum and wife which makes my life hectic but I need to make time to write!
Last year I did a short course through the writer’s center to get my creative juices going but still put off writing another manuscript. After rejection on my first one two years ago, it has been hard to do it again whole heartedly.
However, I am still dreaming about being published and eventually having a bestseller. One positive thing I have been doing during my procrastination is reading lots of books. As all writer’s know, the best thing to do is read to become the best writer.
At the end of the day though you actually have to sit down and write!
I do think though that the universe works in mysterious ways! I have been getting signs that I need to write, it’s like everything to do with writing again is showing me this is what I need to be doing and stop procrastinating.
A few days ago I began listening to my favorite writer’s podcast ‘So you want to be a writer’ and all of a sudden I have the urge to write again. Thanks Allison and Valerie, your podcast inspires me.
I’m now off to write, finally!
My 3 tips on how not to procrastinate as a writer:
1. Plan your writing schedule: put aside time everyday or once a week.
2. Just write: a first draft does not have to be perfect, just get some words down.
3. Why do you want to be a writer? Remember why you have chosen to do this. It will help you see the long term goal.
Some other great posts I found on how to stop procrastinating for writer’s:
Link to ‘So you want to be a writer’ podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/so-you-want-to-be-writer-valerie-khoo-allison-tait/id836440322?mt=2