Procrastination: A Writer’s Enemy

Procrastination: A Writer’s Enemy
Well, look at that date! It’s Friday, and this blog normally is updated every Tuesday. What happened? I got busy!
We’re all busy, and that’s never more evident than when you’re trying to maintain a writing routine. If you’re writing your memoirs, you’ve probably experienced a lapse at some point. Maybe you wrote every day for two weeks, and then you missed a day because you had to travel, or someone came to visit, or you needed to attend to a home repair—it doesn’t take much to derail a writing habit. Plus it’s February. This is the time of year for breaking all sorts of resolutions, whether it’s to exercise, diet or write. About six weeks into the year, your determination gets tested.
So what do you do if you’ve let your writing slide? You do what I did: get back to it. Yes, today is Friday instead of Tuesday, but who really cares? I could have just skipped this week altogether, but then when next Tuesday rolled around I’d be even more out of the blog habit, maybe be busy again and then I’d let it go another week and a new habit would be forming—a habit of not writing. No, the way to rerail the derail is to go back to that last piece you wrote, read it over, add a sentence and then add another sentence. Tomorrow, do the same. It’s fine to get off schedule and skip a day or a week. Forgive yourself! But you want to write your memoir, and as long as you’re thinking about it there’s no time like the present to just write.

Well, look at that date! It’s Friday, and this blog normally is updated every Tuesday. What happened? I got busy!

We’re all busy, and that’s never more evident than when you’re trying to maintain a writing routine. If you’re writing your memoirs, you’ve probably experienced a lapse at some point. Maybe you wrote every day for two weeks, and then you missed a day because you had to travel, or someone came to visit, or you needed to attend to a home repair—it doesn’t take much to derail a writing habit. Plus it’s February. This is the time of year for breaking all sorts of resolutions, whether it’s to exercise, diet or write. About six weeks into the year, your determination gets tested.

So what do you do if you’ve let your writing slide? You do what I did: get back to it. Yes, today is Friday instead of Tuesday, but who really cares? I could have just skipped this week altogether, but then when next Tuesday rolled around I’d be even more out of the blog habit; maybe I’d be busy again and then I’d let it go another week and a new habit would be forming—a habit of not writing. No, the way to rerail the derail is to go back to that last piece you wrote, read it over, add a sentence and then add another sentence. Tomorrow, do the same. It’s fine to get off schedule and skip a day or a week. Forgive yourself! But you want to write your memoir, and as long as you’re thinking about it there’s no time like the present to just write.