Help! for Writers: Procrastination
Almost all writers procrastinate, and procrastination can take many forms. One writer daydreams, another eats, another walks, another checks email, another talks, talks, talks.
But what would happen if we viewed this period of delay as something constructive rather than destructive? Each act of procrastination can become a time of planning and preparation.
Here are some tips for turning “procrastination” into “rehearsal.”
- Work on the story in your head in places where you cannot write, like the shower or the car
- Make a list of three things you hope to accomplish in that day’s writing
- Dictate the story: into your phone, a screencast, a recorder
- Promise yourself a reward ― a nice cup of coffee ― after your first hour of writing
- Create a reliable, comfortable place to write
- Begin writing much earlier than you think you can to see what else you need to learn