Posted by: Phil Anderson | March 29, 2015

Procrastination: Coming soon!

I’ve been gathering ideas and thinking about procrastination, its dangers and benefits, and how it affects what I do. I haven’t finished putting my thoughts together, though, so that blog post will have to wait until later. In the meanwhile here’s an introduction to the topic with some thoughts about writers block and procrastination that I first shared two years ago.

I consider myself lucky as a writer because I very seldom suffer from writer’s block. The main reason for this is that I don’t get a lot of time to write. I have a full time job, a busy family, and lots of responsibilities. I use whatever free time I have (driving the kids to school, standing in the shower, drifting off to sleep at night) to think about what I want to write, so that when I sit down at my keyboard the ideas are ready to pour out onto the screen.

Another reason writer’s block doesn’t bother me is procrastination. If I don’t already have something ready to write down, there are lots of other things I can find to do. Besides the aforementioned responsibilities, I have several books by my bed (or on my iPhone) that I want to read, and a good book can be inspiring to a writer, so I tell myself it’s okay to stop and read for a while. And because I am still writing for my own enjoyment (meaning I haven’t found an agent or a publisher who will offer me a contract) I don’t have any deadlines, so I can write at my own pace.

The one place that writer’s block does become a problem is right here, on my blog. I have a self-imposed deadline to post something every Sunday night, and there’s a whole week between every update for me to decide what to write for the next one. But when it doesn’t come to me easily I procrastinate, working on other writing projects or doing other things.

It’s not that I have nothing to say. I have ideas in a few unfinished blog draft pages, but sometimes nothing really strikes me as “the right thing to post this week.” So I work a little on this one and little on that one, hoping that inspiration will come. And I fight off the urge to read today’s newspaper, or play a game on my iPhone, or check Facebook again in case there’s something new. And eventually I wind up with an article that’s vaguely entertaining, or at least interesting, and I promise myself that next time I’ll do better.

How do you deal with writers block? Is procrastination the answer? Leave your comments below or e-mail me at ScribeofTheran@gmail.com and I’ll share the results in a future post.

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Responses

  1. Hello! Nice to read your thoughts on writer’s block and procrastination. I do have writer’s block like many others but not for long because I quickly take a look at something i had written already and from there inspiration may come.

  2. Now you’re writing about me right?

  3. I don’t write very much, so I don’t get writer’s block, but I do deal with procrastination. For example, I had an essay assignment given last Monday and haven’t started until today. It’s due in two days. I rarely do homework at home, because I would rather work on it during class when I should probably be paying attention, rather than at home when I can read or play games.


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