Okay Ladies and Gentlemen it’s time to talk about that dreaded 15 letter word that has plagued many a writer before me. They however have found a way to overcome it.
I have been no stranger to procrastination and in fact consider him an old frenemy. He’s pretty much been a part of my life since I could form a coherent thought. He’s got me out of doing things I didn’t like and found me more enjoyable ways to pass the time. Because of procrastination’s generosity I’ve come very close to missing important deadlines and have several school assignments that were never turned in. Even now I have yet to file my taxes.
Procrastination has also kept me from doing what I love most; writing. I’ve been pretty vocal about writing my book but as it’s been 4 years since I started working on this particular baby, I still have nothing to show for it. Now granted I’ve had time to grow as a writer and my story has changed considerably, and I believe grown stronger, it still doesn’t negate the shame I feel.
I have something to admit to you, my readers. Sometimes I get get envious of other writers. Writers who are established in their success or have written a debut bestseller. But then my stupid overworking brain kicks in and it tells me that if I actually sat down and wrote instead of taking facebook quizzes to see what characters I am drunk I might become successful too. Or atleast have a finished book. No matter how logical my brain is sometimes I still don’t listen to it when I should. I Mean who wants to write when there’s Twitter, and Facebook, and Instagram, and my favorite; Youtube.
Something happened a few days a go that might allow me to cut ties with procrastination forever , or atleast the time being. That miraculous event my friend was the breaking of my laptop. Of course I didn’t have a warranty for it even though my logical brain told me to. I am now without a laptop which should limit my internet browsing by a good 75%. The one thing it will not limit however, is my writing. When I was younger before I ever got my first computer I filled numerous notebooks with my stories. Nothing could pull me away. There was nothing to distract me and I was able to stay in my room and write with abandon. That is what I plan to do now. I have a stack of notebooks ready while I save for a new laptop. And yes this next one will be under warranty. I’ve already started. I wrote this blog post on a notebook and am now typing it on my phone for all of you. And the words did flow as you can see by how long this post is. Or maybe it just looks longer on my phone? Anyways if you read this far I salute you.
My plan will still take time. Before I even started writing this I stopped at McDonalds for dinner and turned on Family Guy and American Dad for background noise. They do say good things take time after all.
What about you? Do you suffer from visits by my old friend procrastination? How did you kick him to the curb? Let me know in the comments below. See you soon!