Procrastinate? Maybe.

“To what degree does procrastination affect your writing projects? Do you have any theories about WHY you procrastinate on certain projects… or at certain periods?”

I do better with my writing when I follow a set schedule. I like to get up, take a walk, and then come home to have breakfast, check my email, and then sit down to write. I’ll write until after lunch, and then I’ll do errands, etc. If I stick with this routine I’m not bad to procrastinate. I enjoy writing and look forward to it so I usually don’t put it off.

However, this only applies to new material. When it comes to editing it’s a whole different ballgame. I don’t like to edit, and I’m betting a lot of people don’t. It doesn’t take too much to lure me away from my computer if I’m editing. I can do it. Of course I have to, but I don’t like it.

What else would make me procrastinate? Sometimes when I’m writing I reach a scene that I think will be hard for me to write. I have to admit that sometimes I’ll put it off, hoping for inspiration to strike. Sometimes inspiration does strike, but just as often I have to sit down and slog my way through it.

There are certain times of the year when I do tend to procrastinate. When the weather is good in the spring and fall I like to be outdoors. Around holidays I’m easily distracted as well. Decorating a Christmas tree, for example, will distract me from writing.

Authors, what about you? Do you often procrastinate?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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4 Responses to Procrastinate? Maybe.

  1. I have had a very good excuse the past two weeks for not getting any writing in, which is ironic, since I had really started to knuckle down to it. Procrastination isn’t it, not that I don’t procrastinate. I will have to get something together for Friday, not that I am procrastinating!


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    It sounds like your normal — non-holiday & non-good weather — routine is very effective. And obviously a good fit for your attitude and motivation.
    Before Facebook came along, I had a similar approach… minus the morning exercise stuff.


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Jeff, I read your Thursday post before commenting on your comment. You’ve surprised me.


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