Tuesday, June 2, 2009

PROCRASTINATION Or Excuses Always Sound Good To The Person Making Them

This morning as I drank my first cup of coffee, I looked at two things. (1) How I was progressing on the rewrite of a novel and (2) the last time I posted to this blog. It didn't take long to realize that I have not been active enough in my writing career. I asked myself why haven't you been writing on a regular basis. Suddenly my Random Excuse Generator kicked in...

Here's a partial list of why I have been sitting on my keester and not writing (By The Way, each and everyone of them sounded good to me at the time!)

  1. I've been helping a friend move. The truth of the matter is that while I have been helping her move, It has only taken up two days a week at most--and even then I own a laptop and could have easily squeezed in time to write.

  2. I've been busy doing spring things around the house. Truly, I have put up ceiling fans and planted a small flower garden, none of which took more than a few hours to do.

  3. I'm just not in the mood to write today... Duh? Since when is being in the mood a reason for not writing? Serious writers will GET in the mood.

In the forward of one of his earlier novels (forgive me for not listing the title), Stephen King said that some books write themselves and others are toughed out. Therein lies the difference between amateur writers and professional writers. Amateur writers will write as long as it comes easy and doesn't interfere with their other life. Pros have no other life and finish those books that need to be toughed out.

There are as many recommendations about how to overcome procrastination as there are excuses for it. It all boils down to one thing...put your fanny in the chair and write!

Well, I guess I won't get to do any writing today. I had to do a blog post! (I'm only kidding!)

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