Write Path Ideas & Creativity: Writer's Block or Procrastination? Episode 1.3


Procrastinate verb, pro·cras·ti·nate
–to be slow or late about doing something that should be done
–to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, etc. (from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
All writers who suffer from this, please raise your hand. Now. C'mon. You too, right? And yes, I'm adding my hand to the mix.

I procrastinate. I sometimes think we writers call this "writer's block." I think they are possibly one-and-the-same. I can't say I've ever, truly, suffered from writer's block. What I do suffer from is putting the writing off. Allowing myself to get distracted. Giving myself reasons not to write. Telling myself I am too tired to write. Failing to commit to a writing routine. Finding something else to do before the writing, like:
  • checking my sales numbers;
  • reading a few blog posts;
  • tweeting;
  • reading my Facebook feed like it's the morning paper;
  • laundry;
  • dishes;
  • swiffering the dog hair up from the floor;
  • or walking said dog.
Procrastination. Not writer's block. Just putting it off.

I suppose the real question is why? Why do I do that? Oh, I'm waiting for a clean block of time, no distractions or interruptions. Waiting for the mail to come, then I'll get started. Waiting for the dog to stop barking. Waiting for the coffee to finish percolating. Waiting until inspiration strikes.

Waiting for the muse to poke me.




Inspiration should always be striking. Right? I'm a writer. It's what I do. My muse should always be on call. Correct? I need to quit picking lint off my winter sweater and get at it.


Okay. Here I go.

Are you with me?
Writer's block noun,
-a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
What keeps you from writing?

Do you procrastinate or do you really suffer from writer's block? Are you making excuses, or is your brain truly a blank slate and nothing is coming? Is your muse AWOL or are you just tired? Is your brain too full of other crap to be creative? I'd love to hear your take on this subject.

Journal your thoughts on this.

[I'll wait. Go do that now.]

When you return here, visit this Google Document link to access the worksheet, What I Do Instead of Writing. How will you eliminate your barriers to writing? Direct link: https://bit.ly/insteadofwriting

On this worksheet, you will explore two questions:
  • What keeps me from writing?
  • What am I going to do about it?
Ideas and creativity are such personal notions that I even hesitated to write about them here. We all "do" ideas and creativity differently, and honestly, we should celebrate that fact. It's when we're not "doing" ideas or are not feeling particularly creative, that we start to worry about ourselves. 

There are no pat answers about how to find ideas, battle procrastination or writer's block, or boost your creative spirit. We all have to figure things things out for ourselves. 

But we can value more, and be kinder to, our creative side, and that is something (I think) we sometimes forget to do.

And honestly, that could be the answer to many of our writer stumbles.

Next Up: Nurturing Creativity.

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