Monday, October 15, 2007

Once Again...

I've done a lot of procrastinating the past three weeks (hence not posting my blog until this morning). I've had a few good excuses, some not so good ones, and some downright lazy ones. But with writing it mostly comes back to fears. I'm usually stumped by my own fears of failure or inadequacies.

Dennis Palumbo describes it very well in his book Writing From the Inside Out: "If a client writes about his feelings about procrastinating, the underlying doubts and fears may emerge, as well as the meaning he gives them. Say, for example, that he shouldn't even be trying to write. Or that if he does, it won't be good enough... the writer can better understand his procrastination as a kind of defense mechanism. That he procrastinates as a way to avoid discovering some imagined 'truth' about himself."

I've had this problem for a while, and will probably continue to revisit it in varying degrees for as long as I write. I guess the important thing is that I'm identifying the root quicker and working on resolving it rather than letting it drag on and on. I try writing other things (different stories or nonfiction), journaling, or reading a good writing reference book.

So what about you? What are you procrastinating over this morning?


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Smarty Pants said...

Painting. I have my master bedroom and master bath left to do and I just can't muster the enthusiasm.

That and the last 12 pages of my book.

I think with both of them I did a lot really quickly and sorta burned out.

Problem Child said...

I want the t-shirt that says "I'll conquer my procrastination problem eventually."

What I'm avoiding today (in no particular order):

Planning AC's classroom Halloween party.

Getting stuff to my CP and critting what she sent me.

My WIP (but y'all knew that)

Cleaning house.

Grocery shopping.

Sadly, all must be done today, yet all I really want is a nap. I guess I'll be putting that off too.

Kathy said...

I think what you're going through is normal, Angel. We all feel that way. Everything I've read or heard says put butt in chair anyway. That's hard to do especially with so many distractions around us. (At least, my problem is allowing other things to distract me. Things like volunteering for this and that. I must remember to sit on hands.)

Relax. Schedule your writing time and let the rest go.

Playground Monitor said...

This morning my body just doesn't want to wake up and move. And I have writing that's started and just left hanging. Is it the season of the year? The changing weather and our minds and bodies trying to adjust?


Angel said...

Well, some of mine this morning is getting started again after being off for a week with Fall Break. I got a lot done last week, and left my writing to the weekend, when I got sick. Guess that will teach me to procrastinate, huh?


Lynn Raye Harris said...

I signed up for Sweating with Sven, the 70 day book challenge over at Alison Kent's blog. *sigh* No more procrastinating from me. But I do need to go grocery shopping, etc. And now I've committed to writing 1285 words today. Guess I better get busy....

Instigator said...

Procrastination? That is the one thing I'm queen of. At the moment I'm avoiding a lot - including my day job, my writing, the emails I should be reading... I did, however, make an appointment to have my hair and eyebrows done. :-) You know, the important thing on the to do list.


Maven LJ said...

Procrastination: Hard Work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

Why put off until tomorrow what you can put off until next week?


I'm not a major procrastinator (unlike a couple of my children, and my dad, and my husband - but I digress) but if there's something I need to do and it's not pressing and I really don't want to do it, it can languish for years. The closet that needs to be cleaned out, for instance. Oh, I'll get to it eventually, but there are so many other things to do, and some of them I want to do. I have a feeling I'll be putting off some painting myself, before this remodeling job is done.


catslady said...

Always housework - my least favorite thing to do but I'm sure that's most people (except my mother lol).

Kathy said...

I'll bet your house is going to look great, Maven LJ!

Ahem. Thanks for the eye-opening quote on procrastination too. :-)