Stop Procrastinating, Get Writing!

Most writers struggle with this and it interferes with their creativity and the ability to get their manuscript completed. Yes I am talking about that dreaded word, Procrastination.

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “Procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of lower priority, or doing something from which one derives enjoyment, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time according to Psychologist.”

Procrastination can prevent you from accomplishing great things in your writing process, possibly even success.  Writing is a process that takes dedication and set goals.  A writer might start a project or manuscript and lay it down due to procrastination.  They may think it is writers block and perhaps it could be.  Could it feasibly be that they are dreading the outcome of the story the way it is going.  You might decide to lay the story down and hope it takes a swift turn in another direction.  It won’t happen unless you make it, by rewriting it yourself.  Words don’t just magically appear on paper.  They are formed first in the brain and transcribed by your hand onto paper.  I use this concept perhaps because I am a nurse and I tend to use biological principles in my writing. 

Procrastinating about something is not because of laziness.  It could be from fear, anxiety about the outcome, lack of self control, impulse, etc… There are too many to name. The answer is to find a way around procrastinating.

1. Set simple goals- Tell yourself that you are going to write 1000 words a day or 2 chapters a day, etc…  If you have self control issues, it is good to set goals to help you overcome this.

2. Relax and quit worrying about the outcome.  you can always edit your manuscript when you are finished.

3. Stay focused.  Quit thinking about things that need to be done.  When you set down to write, your focus needs to be on writing not on things like bills.

4. Think about the prize.  What reward is there when you finish your writing?  Not only will you have a completed manuscript but you’ll have gratification in your completed work. 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. empathy rose
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 18:33:56

    Thanks Tracy this is super helpful 😀


  2. Tracy Kauffman- Author
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 20:45:04

    All could use a little help to stay focused.


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  4. jalal michael sabbagh.
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 02:02:42

    Great post.Its true the longer some one think about some thing the longer it takes to act.Thank you for liking my posy (( stop complaining….)Greetings,jalal


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