One Writer’s Journey

January 8, 2014

Procrastination: Why We Don’t Get Things Done

procrastinationI wish that I had time to write.

If I had a dime for every time a writer said this to me, let’s just say that I’d have LOTS and LOTS of dimes.  Most of us feel this way at some point.  Whether we are in the middle of a move, a busy time at our day job or in the middle of something that involves the people in our lives, sometimes it is almost impossible to work writing into our schedules.  We just have to slog through these periods and know that, on the other side, we will have time to write.

If you aren’t in the middle of one of those times, or if these times never end, you need to look at why you aren’t finding time to write.  Here are 4 possible reasons.

  1. You want to be an author, not a writer.  Some people fall in love with the idea of the writing life.   They love the thought of spinning tales, interviewing sources, and gathering the accolades that come when people read our revealing stories.  What they don’t love is the actual writing, because . . .
  2. Writing is hard work.  Next to nothing comes together in one draft.  I say next to nothing because things like grocery lists and thank you notes can come together in one draft.  Novels, articles, poems and essays take multiple drafts.  That first draft may not be all that horrid but getting your work into a readable state?  That’s something else altogether.
  3. You’re burned out.  Because writing is such hard work, it takes a lot of energy.  If you’re working hard at the day job and you’ve been working just as hard at your writing, you may need to recharge.  Different writers recharge in different ways.  If you’re an extrovert (Yes, I know extroverted writers), you may need to go out and be with people.  If you’re an introvert (Hello, my name is Sue and I’m an introvert), you may need some time to yourself, but too much time to yourself may mean that. . .
  4. The creative well has run dry.  Because so many of us are introverts, we have a tendency to retreat to our caves, especially when we are worn down.  But if we spend too much time in our caves, we may not be getting the stimulation that we need to draw on in order to write.  We need ideas and input to spin together into new stories.

If you aren’t writing, knowing why is the first step to solving the problem.

–SueBE

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