I procrastinate. You procrastinate. We all procrastinate! Okay, maybe not everyone does, but I know I do. The internet is enticing. That is my procrastination downfall. But that has an easy solution: disconnect myself, then I won’t feel so tempted to retreat to it. Heck, I’ll even reward myself by going to get a snack if I can write five pages or whatever without retreating to the internet. But I know some people’s procrastination is getting up to get a snack!
When procrastination starts to happen for me, it’s because I’m not as involved in the story as I ought to be. Either the chapter doesn’t interest me much because it’s moving too slow or I have better ideas but it’s too late to implement them because I’ve already started the chapter–which is where revisions come in.
Procrastination happens for a reason because we find whatever it is that we do to procrastinate seems more appealing than what we’re writing about, and that is problematic. If we don’t find what we’re writing about to be more appealing than, say, cat pictures, readers likely aren’t going to find it that appealing either. So it’s your job as a writer to make your writing more appealing than the cute kittens that litter the internet.
One way I try to make my writing more appealing since I hate rough drafts is to put revision notes in the margins. This makes me excited for the revisions so that way I can rocket through the draft to get to my favorite part of writing. If I try to incorporate my revision notes into my rough draft, I may never finish the draft. For me, the rough draft is a more detailed outlined. That’s all a rough draft is for me.
I do my best to make my writing more appealing than the cupcake out in the kitchen, or the mail waiting for me in my inbox, or my own cat, even my own fiancé (hey, we all seriously need writing time, or else we’ll never get anything done!)!
You can tell I don’t really like giving tips. I like to find out why things happen and prevent them. It’s your job as a writer to figure out why you’re procrastinating, and then take the steps necessary to prevent it. Whether it’s disconnecting yourself from the internet, keeping snacks in your writing area, or finding out why you’d rather be looking at picture of cats than writing, ultimately the way to avoid procrastination is yours. Not mine. Not anyone else’s.