I am sure there are many writers who are extremely productive—efficiently and expeditiously creating masterful works of writing within self-imposed deadlines. Writers who set a word or page count and meet it every time, writers who don’t postpone writing for inadequate reasons.
I am not this writer.
And, I’m not alone.
Many of us, in our honest moments, will admit that 35 percent of our time writing is spent cruising social media sites, 25 percent to sending emails, 15 percent to doing household chores, 20 to editing, and 5 percent to writing.
It’s funny because it’s true. Well, on some days. So, does this mean that many writers are lazy?
No. It means that writers tend to procrastinate.
The following are some of the reasons why:
Lack of Ideas: Even the most creative writer can suffer from writer’s block. And it’s often easier for writers to run from it then face it.
Fear of Being Revealed: Even the most popular writers fear that they will be exposed as a fraud. The worry that your audience will realize that you aren’t as good as they previously believed can cause many writers to put off writing.
Listening to The Voices in Your Head: Even focused writers hear negative voices in their heads. The voices that whisper (occasionally scream) that everything you write is awful, sucks and is doomed to fail.
Distractions: Even well paid, professional writers work from home. This perk, however, comes with a lot of distractions including laundry, dishes, and that damned TV.
Page Intimidation: Even the most confident writer is, at some point, intimidated by a big, blank, white page, which is followed only by a hundred more. The struggle is real—writers avoid it by not engaging in it. No big blank page equals no intimidation.
Perfectionist: Even the writers who can easily fill a page, edit a line, and meet a deadline become stalled in trying to perfect their work. Because there are million ways to tell a story, craft a paragraph, and perfect a sentence—many writers run from the effort.
I know that many of you are nodding your heads. You’ve been there. You’re there now.
A blank page blinks as your story waits to be told. You know you procrastinate. And now you know some of the reasons why.
Read next week’s post to find out how to stop!
Thank you for reading. I look forward to your comments.