Writing and the Art of Procrastination

December 9, 2009

Yes, procrastination is an art form. I went out to see the sunrise this morning sans pen because I didn’t feel like writing:

 

I‘m Not Going to Write About It

 I see the clouds swirl through the air as if waves in the ocean,

 but I’m not going to write about it.

 The clouds start swirling faster and they become a herd of dinosaurs running from the roar of the train that’s bursting into the morning,

but I’m not going to write about it.  

The sun slowly stretches out its arms and the sky becomes a dull blue-gray,

 but I’m not going to write about it.

The dinosaurs are tired so they stop in mountain pose; as the dinosaurs become mountains, a hungry seagull dive bombs a fish,

 but I’m not going to write about it.

 

Interesting, isn’t it; only a writer could write about not writing. Anyway I spent thirty minutes not writing, while writing in my head at the same time.

Earlier this year, comedian George Carlin died and the most interesting thing I read in an article was he was a “nine to five comic.” He had an office and he would show up for work and write every day. The difficult thing about writing is have to be dedicated and show every day.   Writers should write even if we don’t feel like it, every other job you have to show up and work every day, writing is no different. I (usually) write for a few hours after I exercise Monday – Saturday. Although, I don’t have to, I usually write on Sundays too, but you would be surprised how often procrastination rears its ugly head in a writer’s life.

Sometimes I give in to procrastination but most days I just write. When I find it really difficult I usually set a timer and sit down to write for exactly three hours. Sometimes it’s a long three hours and sometimes it flies. I‘ve been writing for so many years that I feel guilty or empty if I miss an opportunity. It takes twenty-one days to start a new habit, so try taking some time out of your schedule and for the next twenty-one days and write for twenty minutes. It does not matter what you write about, it only matters that you write. 


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