5 Stages of Writer Procrastination #writer #writers

5 Stages of Writer Procrastination

 

  1. Bold Statement. The writer announces to the world that they intend to spend tomorrow writing. They set themselves a target based on either word count or a number of chapters to be completed. As the writer finishes their speech they will let out a loud sigh of contentment and stare out of the window with a dreamy expression on their face. The thought of writing all day tomorrow fills them with such joy.
  2. False Expectations. In the run up to spending tomorrow writing the writer will reveal a number of false expectations. This will involve saying stuff like “I will hammer out that first chapter in no time tomorrow!” and “by this time tomorrow I will have 2,000 words under my belt and I will be cracking open the fizz to celebrate!”
  3.  Swift Change of Priorities. Tomorrow arrives and the writer leaps out of bed ready to spend the entire day writing. As they sit down at their writing desk and stare at a blank screen they suddenly get a powerful urge to go do something more important. Writing is no longer a priority when the garage needs clearing out, the leaves in the street need sweeping, a couple of motivational quotes need to be tweeted, the cutlery drawer tray needs rearranging and fluff in the carpet needs to be plucked out by hand.
  4. Deep Procrastination. The writer is in deep procrastination mode, whilst on their hands and knees, plucking out bits of fluff from their carpet. They might be overheard muttering “I am so glad I have the time to do this pressing job!”  If a loved one enters the room and questions the writer on what they are doing they might receive a sarcastic comment, an angry glare or even a teary outburst. You see the writer knows exactly what they are doing – NOT WRITING!  A writer suffers with writer guilt and admitting to their loved one that they are performing a meaningless and pointless task instead of writing would bring on a huge bout of guilt. So, its best for the writer to make out that plucking out bits of fluff from the carpet is a job that needs to be done….by hand.
  5. Day Write Off. The day is written off by about mid afternoon. No writing was going to be done after the writer declared that the the attic needed a makeover. They leapt into action, whipping up some arty decorations, for a room that none of the family inhabit on a regular basis. Their laptop screen will have remained blank all day. They reassured themselves with phrases like “I wasn’t in the mood for writing today!” and “I think I am a bit tired!”

All the best with today’s writing! 

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53 thoughts on “5 Stages of Writer Procrastination #writer #writers

  1. I make excuses sometimes to get out of writing when I’m not feeling in the mood. I do try to get something accomplished each day though, whether it is a blog post written or polished, work on a craft project I underway, or some editing done on one of my books. At least then, if I sit down to watch an episode or two of a TV show, I don’t feel quite as guilty for relaxing πŸ™‚

  2. So easy to do! Sometimes that inspiration hits at a time you can’t write then when your Writing g Day looms… the spark has fizzled out! !!

  3. There are always so many other things to do, those watched items on e-bay, that James Bond JPG that needs adding to Pinterest, those recorded items that are clogging up the sky box that need deleting . . . Oh and that annoying carpet fluff!

  4. So true, especially for those who work, or have a family to look after – there’s always other things to do. The only way I got my first novel finished was locking myself away, Stephen King style, in a hotel room in Malta for a week until I sorted the last 35K words. Sadly, the work isn’t quite in the Stephen King league, but it’s a start…;-))

    1. Yes I know what you mean. It’s easy to recognise once you accept that at times you are have a tendency to stray from the writing path – thx for reading and happy Thurs!

      1. It’s like they can sense mom is feeling industrious and would be so much better putting that energy into service to them.

  5. Clears throat. Yanks out a frog. Eke. I can’t write today. I just yanked a frog out of my throat. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Procrastination is my worst enemy. You have the excuses down pat.

  6. I was going to say (but Allie did) that my “writing” day yesterday involved five (you read that right) FIVE major interruptions. Not that I don’t procrastinate because, hey, what am I doing right now? 😜

    1. Hmmmm what am I doing right now…(sat on sofa stuffing face with chocolate) – lol! Always love it when the Lemonest of Sharks swims by πŸ™‚

  7. My fav is my beloved husband telling me as he leaves for the day, “Have a great day writing.” What is he really saying? I won’t? Damn that beautiful man for throwing a wrench in my morning, lol. Paranoia at its best, ugh…

  8. I can’t begin to tell you the numerous times I’ve gone through those stages of procrastination. I think a lot of my procrastination comes from a lack of confidence in myself and my writing. Sometimes I get stuck on a piece and have no solution to write out of it. So, the latter stages hit me hard.

    So, I will try to not procrastinate and just get those ideas out there.

    Thanks for posting.

      1. Monday here – start of the working week! Enjoy your day! And thank you – your posts are always awesome! I don’t tell you that enough.

  9. Great post, Lucy! And when you have depression, that certainly feeds into the procrastination mood (and probably vice-versa, too). My biggest thing that is a hurdle is that I’ve had to learn to write even when I don’t feel “inspired.” I think that writing’s like life in that regard: you can’t wait until the “perfect moment” to buy the house, enter college, start a family, get married, etc., because you might wait for a day that never, ever comes. Sometimes, you do really just have to go through the motions (‘fake it til you make it’ I think they say in therapy sometimes!).

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