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On Writing – Procrastination!

A while back, a friend of mine suggested “procrastination” as a writing topic. It was such a great topic that I… procrastinated a couple of months before writing about it. ;o) (and btw, if anyone has a topic they’d like to see me write about, please feel free to comment or email me!)

Procrastination is different than writer’s block, though it’s a fine line. Where I can give you techniques and thoughts on how to break through writer’s block, procrastination is a whole different animal. Since I’m not a qualified psychologist or magician, there’s unfortunately only one question I can give you:

What do you want more: to work on/finally finish the novel (or whatever form of writing you do) that you’ve been working on for a couple months/years/decades, or something else?

Sometimes this is an easy question to answer. Sure, I’d way rather write than clean the house, do errands, or go to work. No problem. Fire that bad boy up and let me at it!

Sometimes, though, the recliner and television are much, much louder than whatever you’re working on, no matter how much you love the characters and world, or how passionate about the project you are. Sometimes, you’re just too damn tired and need to veg. (need, not want) I’m gone each morning by 6:45am and don’t get home until 7pm or later, depending on if I have errands or appts after work. By the time I get home, it can be 8-9pm and I haven’t even eaten dinner yet. And I don’t even have kids or pets making demands on my time, so major props to those of you who do and still find time to write.

So yeah. All you can do is ask yourself: how important it is for you to get your story out? Like anything else in life, if it’s important enough you’ll make the time. You’ll come home from work, eat/feed the rugrats and/or yourself, watch tv/veg, get things ready for the next day, and then pull out the laptop/notebook/ipad to get your writing done before cramming too little sleep to start the cycle all over again.

It’s up to you. No one can write your story except you.


About Nancy M. Griffis

Author and screenwriter who loves scifi/action/adventure/urban fantasy genres. I have two published novels, Mind Games and Eternal Investigations, as well as a short story published for charity called "Home Fires Burning." All are available through amazon.com and barnesandnobles.com.


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