Why Do Writers Procrastinate?

Procrastination. We all do it, some of us more than others, but the question is, why?

Why would we choose to put ourselves in a panic over meeting a deadline that we had more than enough time to complete? More specifically, why would a writer choose to procrastinate on their dream?

According to an article titled “Why Writers Procrastinate” by Lois Hoffman, procrastination may be caused by one of three things: fear, pain, or habit. Many writers are simply afraid of the feedback they may receive from their work. While others may have finished writing their manuscripts but dread the thought of editing it for the fifth time in a row. For some writers, the habit may not have been built yet. They may still be stuck in a hobby mindset in regard to their writing and therefore, have a hard time seeing it as a possible career choice. No matter the reason behind the procrastination, according to the article, there are several ways to combat procrastination, including:

  1. Write down your fears about writing. It may be that you fear what people will think of you if they read it or what you will miss out on if you take the time to do it.
  2. Write down how you will feel after you write something. What is your immediate reward? How can you enhance the reward to make it even better (think bribe)?
  3. Create a mini habit of writing one paragraph or 50 words. Expand it as your habit is firmly in place.

Now that you understand some of the reasons behind procrastination and some of the ways to control it, what project will you begin working on? Don’t put your dreams/responsibilities off for another day.

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