On procrastination

“Writing is 90% procrastination. It is a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write.” ~ Paul Rudnick

“Writing is 90% procrastination. It is a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write.” ~ Paul Rudnick

Awhile back I stumbled onto a quick fix that works quite well. You’ve likely heard of it, but have you applied it?

The secret?

Lower your standards and keep going.

If writing is about ego gratification you may be squirming at the prospect. Who wants to write sh*t for the sake of pen to paper?

I do, because I’ve learned that writing as practice and process is the foundation of quality writing.

So start scribbling shite on your pages, dear friends. Eventually you’ll polish some of those turds and find yourself with something pretty great.

Or you could do laundry, listen to music, reorganize the cupboards, read news, and all the while imagine what a great writer you’ll be… someday… when you finally start writing.

A writer writes. An egotist fantasises about the life of writing.

Which will you be?

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5 thoughts on “On procrastination

  1. Hi, I might be wrong but I’m guessing you’re a fellow Brit judging by the use of the word “shite” in your post 🙂

    I enjoyed your post because it relates to me. I have recently come to the realisation that there is no such thing as perfect and the process of writing is the important part. If you are doing, you are a writer.

    I hope you don’t see this as an imposition but I was nominated for The Liebster Award on my blog and wanted to pass a nomination onto you. If you would like to see what it’s about, please click below:

    http://realtimewriter.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/the-liebster-award-with-thanks-to-brenda-berry-doc2bberry/

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  2. Congrats, Diane! Thanks kindly for nominating The Fickle Pen. I look forward to posting on that next week to pay it forward. Great deduction that I’m in the UK. Glad this resonated with you and good luck with your writing. All best wishes, TFP.

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  3. This is so true! Especially when you write in your second language. It can be painful, but also so rewarding when the result is good. But then I read other people’s blogs and I realise that I still have my work cut out. It’s a never-ending process, but if you love what you write about, you just keep on going.

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