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How to End Writing Procrastination in 1 Step

end writing procrastinationEnd writing procrastination in a single step. It’s really quite simple – maybe not easy, but simple.

You know the kind of thing I’m talking about – that article, or blog post, or book you’ve been postponing. It might be work for a client or it might be writing something for yourself. It doesn’t matter. You’re simply not getting it done.

You can, you know.

End writing procrastination in a moment!

Here’s the one step you can take that will end that procrastination:

Start it now! Yes, I mean right this minute.

If you’ve got time to read this post you’ve got time to start the project you’ve been avoiding for so long.

Seem too easy?

I can hear some sighs of disappointment, and even some anger. After all, you’ve got reasons, maybe even good ones. Ending writing procrastination surely can’t be that easy, right?

I’ve got a question for you: Why couldn’t you take the next five or ten minutes and start writing on the procrastinated project, or at least one of them if you have more than one?

Unless you’re driving, or tending to a baby or youngster or taking care of someone who is frail and sick, or skiing down a slope or swimming the Pacific, there’s probably no real reason you can’t grab a pencil and a piece of paper (if you don’t have access to a smart phone or computer) and write a sentence or two. A sentence or two is a start and likely to move you in the right direction.

I know, you’ve got reasons!

Let’s look at some of the more likely reasons. Which one of these excuses – I mean reasons – comes closest to fitting your situation:

I don’t have time to end writing procrastination.

What does that actually mean? You don’t have time right now because you’re driving a bus? You know, an awfully lot of writing can get done five or ten minutes at a time.

I don’t know how to start.

Maybe, but you can start anyway. Starting is exactly what you need to do to end writing procrastination. It doesn’t have to be good, it has to be done. Many just start knowing they will have to throw away the first three sentences, or paragraphs or pages – but they start. Give yourself permission to write a shitty rough draft.

I don’t think my writing is good enough yet.

You may be right, although many of us are our harshest critics. Write it anyway. Writing is one of the ways we learn to write better.

I’m scared it won’t be any good.

See above!

I don’t want to embarrass my family.

This one baffles me. Are you afraid you’ll embarrass your family with poor writing? See above. If you’re afraid your family will be embarrassed about the story your telling about them, change the names. Or write it anyway and ask them if it bothers them. If it does change the names and relationships and location.

Do you detect a pattern here? I could make up many more reasons not to write and provide suggestions but you can end writing procrastination by finding  way to somehow, get words on paper or screen. If you don’t write, if you don’t get over this hump you might as well change careers.

Which is one reason I so often say,

Write well and often,

Anne Wayman, freelance writer

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  • writing articles is fun but it takes sophistication and time to make a very good and interesting ones. I have a blog which i happen to be the only one who creates contents on the blog. Although i post often but i make sure that my articles are qualitative in nature and informative. I dont procrastinate in article writing because it is a thing of passion. you can check it out. https://www.healthlanders.com

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  • Hey thanks for the info, writing has always been fun for me. I also write blogs.
    What I do whenever i get an idea is I have a diary with me which is always there 24/7 with me, and where ever I am and something hits my mind I stop my car and write it down.
    Even if its a heading, a phrase or something

    • Murtaza, having the ability to write an idea down wherever and whenever is always a good idea. Thanks.

  • As per my experience, people procrastinate when they try to write at wrong hours. I like to write my blogs in morning but if I try in evening, I would rather fail.

    • Interesting… I find my procrastination isn’t tied to the time I want or try to write, but more generalized when it happens.

  • I think if anyone is too busy to write then he or she can immediately note down the keywords or points coming in the mind and then later on frame sentences based on those keywords. This strategy will make writing more easy and interesting. What are your views on this Anne ?

    • Yes, that’s one reason I always have a few blank 3×5 cards as well as a smart phone… to make notes as yu suggest.

  • Haha.. I had a feeling that would be the advice when I saw the heading in my RSS reader, but I couldn’t agree more!

    I often just open a blank Word doc or Google Doc and just start writing about anything that comes into my head. Soon enough I have an idea of what I want to write about and go back and delete anything that isn’t relevant and just get on with writing the article.

    • Yeah, on some level I suspect we always know how to solve a problem/know what to do deep down. The trick is finding that info and then being willing to act on it.

  • I so agree with this, Anne. I use this technique myself, often adding: “Just write for 5 minutes.” That 5 minutes always turns into much longer.

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