“The price an artist pays for doing what he wants is that he has to do it.”
William S. Burroughs
In this solo episode of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I talk about how procrastination affects our writing lives. First, I touch on three things writers should understand about procrastination:
- Most writers—even successful ones—procrastinate.
- We procrastinate for good reasons.
- The key to working with procrastination is awareness.
Next, I talk about 5 forms of procrastination and the corresponding emotional sentiments that can keep us from writing.
Procrastination Form #1: Overwhelm
Sentiment: “I don’t know where to start” or “It’s just too big”
Procrastination Form #2: Rebellion
Sentiment: “You’re not gonna make me do this today”
Procrastination Form #3: Fatigue or Lack of motivation
Sentiment: “I just don’t have the energy for this today” or “Why bother?”
Procrastination Form: #4: Fear of an Unknown Outcome
Sentiment: “I just don’t know if this book will go anywhere.”
Procrastination Form #5: Perfectionism
Sentiment: “It’s never going to be good enough anyway.”
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