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note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

A Writer’s Guide to Not Writing


As writers, I feel that most of us are very familiar with a little thing called not-writing. Another name for this is...

Procrastination.

I don't know about you, but here are the five things I use the most to aid me in the art of Not Writing.


1. Pinterest


This one is tricky because you can still sort of convince yourself that you’re writing. If you pin stuff related to your novels, it’s much easier to allow yourself to continue not-writing.

2. Netflix


It’s too easy to binge-watch. (Oh, I’m totally going to stop after this episode, said everyone ever. Oh, let me turn off the TV now, said no one ever.)


3. Tumblr (or your social media of choice)


I don't even think I need to elaborate.


4. Excuses


This can be anything from "Meh, you deserve a break," to, "You can write more later, just chill for right now."


5. The elusive "tomorrow."


I always believe I will start tomorrow, which is a bald-faced lie.


Spoiler alert: It never happens.



I feel like Shia LaBeouf has a very good point. Be right back, I'm going to go make my dreams come true.

How about you? What's your #1 favorite way to procrastinate?


Comments

  1. Yup! This post made me laugh. All of these are so very true. We love to procrastinate.

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  2. This is funny. XD I've definitely used these methods to procrastinate. One of my biggest goals for the latter half of this year has been to NOT procrastinate and my life has benefited so much from it. Procrastinating got me into a tangled mess of stress in the summer.

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    1. Agreed, it's been one of my goals too. It definitely helps a lot. When I do procrastinate, I also turn into a tangled mess of stress. So I totally get where you're coming from. XD Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I love that Shia LaBeouf meme haha HE'S RIGHT DAMMIT. I do ALL THE THINGS EVER to procrastinate. Like, I can't even blame anything, because if I weren't watching TV shows, I'd be reading a book, and if I weren't reading a book, I'd be writing a post, replying to comments, commenting back, editing a video, or - and this is not an exaggeration - straight out stare at the wall to avoid doing the thing I should actually be doing. So, yes, I am very familiar with this concept :D

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