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Procrastination Rears Its Ugly Head

One first draft of a novella, two half-finished short stories, and one personal essay, all looking at me, waiting for me to edit, rework, rewrite and then start the whole evil  cycle over, once again. Unfortunately, editing has become one of those  tedious labours which my red pen keeps getting interrupted by the telephone, the anxious dog, and the thumping of the washing machine. I’m looking, at the papers, looking at my red pen, and then looking out the window.

Heck! I’m even blogging about not editing! If this is not full-out procrastination – I don’t know what is? I do however know that my stuff needs work!  Lots of work!  The message I’m attempting to convey on paper  is not coming out  the way I visualize in my head! I wonder if today is one of those days in which  I should just throw my red pen down, step away, and take a break. Or, do I keep bamming my head against the brick wall?

I know if I walked into my sisters office and start bemoaning this whole neurotic issue to her. Her eyes would roll to the back of her head, she might sigh, and  then  respond with her most  compassionate tone,   “Quit moaning, suck it up, and finish writing the frickin’ thing!”

Trust me! She never glosses anything over and she’s right!  Time to pick up that red pen,  and start slashing!

What do you to overcome procrastination?

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11 replies

  1. Actually, I am not a procrastinator. I used to be, but now, when I have something to do, I just do it. I don’t really remember when I changed….or why I did… the only thing I can think of is I am usually juggling a lot, and get overwhelmed easily if I feel like I am not accomplishing

    1. It’s good to juggle! It keeps the momentum going! But if I have too much on my plate, I panic, over-analyze, and just stop what I’m doing…I have to clear my head and start over again. Usually, it works!

      1. I should take your lead and stop a bit… It beats what I sometimes do at work – close my door and cry…..shhh…don’t tell anyone!

  2. I have found that when my mom looks at my rough cuts, her comments somehow clear up my mind and give me motivation. Do you have someone who you trust to give you objective feedback when things are jumbled? What about your timeline? Are you trying to fit in things too much? I know a blogger is supposed to write 2 times a week at least but most of the time I’m not happy enough with something yet. I just have learned that my own deadlines are better than others. Hope things get moving along. What genre is your novella?

    1. My sister gives me objective feedback when I need it! She has always been a great help and good friend! I have days when my brain is more motivated and keen to work. I just try to schedule time in my day to get it done 🙂 Oh! My novella is a ghost story…

  3. Procrastinating has turned into an addiction for me. The only way I’m able to overcome it is through positive self-talk. I can’t give myself any leeway or allow even one excuse for putting something off. As soon as I do that, the less I am able to do the thing I need to do. If I make myself just do it, first thing, the moment I’m thinking of it, I find it goes a lot smoother and is actually a lot more enjoyable than I expected.

    Except for laundry. That’s always a pain.

    Your sister sounds like the kind of person I need, someone to kick me in the head every now and then. Good luck!

    1. Thanks! She is brutaly honest but sometimes thats what you need 🙂 It’s nice to have a fresh start and get everything done right out of the gate. Sometimes the gate can be slow moving for me and I need the kick in the pants to get moving…

      Speaking of laundry I suspect the laundry monster to leap out at any moment! It’s his cruel joke! I can never catch up! Cursed Laundry monster 🙂

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