We all know that writing requires discipline. But there are days when it’s a struggle to get that writing pump primed. On those days, we often allow procrastination to prevail, with the result that we don’t write as much as we’d planned to write. Or, worse yet, we don’t write at all.
Procrastination is one of the devil’s chief tools in keeping us from fulfilling our writing destiny. Procrastination is simply another form of fear. We procrastinate because we fear. We fear that we won’t have good ideas; we fear that our writing won’t sell; we even fear that we’re fooling ourselves by calling ourselves writers.
When you find yourself procrastinating, ask yourself this question: Would I be procrastinating if I knew that this were the last day God had given me to write for Him? If your answer is yes, then maybe you’re not called to write. But if your answer is no, then seize the moment and start writing.
Just as time waits for no man, neither does writing.
2 thoughts on “Procrastination and the Writer”
Dear MaryAnn, You would be proud of me, dear Coach, as I resisted the urge to procrastinate by checking blogs such as this one this past week while I was doing my final rewrites. I finally got my requested proposals sent off on Wednesday so am now taking time to catch up on emails and blogs. Thanks! rose
November 7, 2008 at 11:50 PM
“I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO PROCRASTINATE…” (how I wish!)
November 8, 2008 at 12:55 PM