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Procrastination--Are You Guilty?
"Musings" - May 2007
by Margot Finke
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If your dirty little secret is Procrastination, take heart. You have lots of company! Writers unfortunately seem to inherit an abundance of this "put it off until. . ." gene.
Lets Look at Six Areas of Your Writing Life Most Affected by Procrastination
Now, Look at the Excuses You Employ to Dodge the Inevitable
Ways to Inoculate Yourself Against Procrastination
Serious Help For the Get-it-done Impaired
B.I.C. is a great start. You cant write if you arent sitting in front of your keyboard. Now for the bad news: there is no wonder drug or cure. You have to jack up your passion to become published, until it is stronger than your "wimp out" gene. Moreover, no one trick works for everyone. You writers must scrounge around and find what works for you.
Oh yeah, I suffer with that lousy gene--in spades! What works best for me, is mentally taking myself by the scruff of the neck, and giving myself a good talking to. This injection of writerly passion and common sense usually keeps procrastination at bay--for a while.
Other De-procrastination Tricks You Can Try (no guarantees)
- Place B.I.C, and type anything that jumps into your mind. Some of the worst gobbledygook has been cleaned up and injected into a book.
- Ask your critique group, or online list members, for anti-procrastination help.
- Get involved with an online writing list. Discovering you are one of thousands with this disease will make you feel much better not cured, but better!
- Ask the list about possible cures. Begin a daily "page" club for those like yourself. This means members write a page every day (nonsense, or Pulitzer Prize stuff. It doesnt matter) and then share it with the group. Who knows, you might just break free. . . and write a BOOK!
- Cut the umbilical cord. Forget those troublesome chapters or story for a while. Begin something else. This works well for some writers. You can dig up that old story later, and deal with it when your Muse is more friendly.
- Could it be you received those depressing rejections because you didnt research the publishers well enough? Duh! Well then, go to JacketFlap.com, or Amazons dedicated research page, and plunge in. Nothing kills the Procrastination Virus faster than an acceptance!
- Back up your work-output daily. It also applies to anything that if lost, would cause you instant gray hairs, great embarrassment, or huge legal problems. This means storage outside of your computer: a free online storage space, floppy disks, zip drive, or burning info onto a CD. Forget at your peril!
- Ask yourself this: When was the last time an editor knocked on my front door and begged to read my manuscript? The choice is yours. Either quit writing, or type up that query letter and RUN, dont walk, to the post office.
Words to Write By
Do it now, mate. Your Golden Writing Hour is nigh.
HAPPY WRITING MATES!
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