I’ve been called an expert at getting lost. Yet, after purchasing a G.P.S. I can hold my head up high . . . after get lost once or twice. If only that were the case with procrastination. I wouldn’t say that I’m an expert procrastinator because I’ve taken steps to stop that (uh, well, certain activities like the box of miscellaneous items in the garage that I’ve yet to unpack doesn’t count). I’m talking about writing. I love to write. I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil and not want to shove it up my nose or in my mouth. Writing often (sometimes every day each week) isn’t necessarily the problem. It’s what to do once you’ve completed a manuscript is what I think frightens a lot of writers — including myself. I think it could be the fear of failure or not being as famous as we would like.
Now don’t get me wrong. I absolutely adore writing for the sake of the art itself. I even love revising (literary masochism). I also love the process of creating characters, worlds, conflict. To borrow a phrase from a fellow writer, I write because “I have people inside of my head telling me to . . .or else”. And just as I’m typing the last page, paragraph, sentence, word or whatever that’s when fear raises its golden head and drives me into Procrastination Central, which keeps me from publishing my work and perhaps making money (even a little) from my sweat, blood, and tears.
Fellow writers in cyberspace, what say you on the subject? What tips do you have for other writers? Thank you for reading.