"Another website, for getting the home in order, makes Wednesdays the anti-procrastination day. It worked for me for awhile, but then... perhaps one day a week I should plan to write and not procrastinate. Think I'll post this to the group.…"
"The only thing that has ever worked for me is accountability. Sometimes, it is posting a serial on my site so "people" expect me to post on given days. Other times, it is having a writing partner - someone you tell your…"
"I should be working on my writing right now, but instead, I am sitting here trying to figure out how to get my son to stop putting off doing his school work - and I realize, he has inherited my procrastination gene! He is a master procrastinator!…"
"I prefer to use a different metaphor to think about writing. I start from the Shinto principle I learned when I was a kid, living in Japan, of waiting (with as much peace as I can muster); in this case, it's waiting for a thought to build. In…"
"Wow. Everyone here has thought or thinks the same way I do. My main reason for procrastinating is that I think I'm not good enough, that I'll never get published, and what I'm trying to write is not going to come out the way I picture…"
"Wow, Kari. It's like you know me or something. Those are ALL reasons I procrastinate. Of course probably the biggest overriding fear is fear of failure. Of having wanted to be a writer my whole life and yet, what if it never happens? (And when…"
"I did a talk at our local library about writers' block called "How to Gag Your Inner Critic". I think most of the problems with procrastination and writers' block are due to fear of failure (I know mine are). Check out my…"
"Oh, wow, I just wrote a blog post about this very topic. Suddenly I have all the time in the world to write and still, I don't. what's up with that? I'll have to read the responses you got to this question to see if anything…"
"That 100 theme challenge sounds like something I definitely need to do. I think it would get my creative juices flowing and motivate me to write more.
I also spend a lot of my time reading blogs or listening to music, (I also write lyrics) so…"
"Oh, I've creative in my procastination:
I clean up, read, crotchet (so, I can think and relax), I give unsolicited advice to others about general stuff (because I can be a bit self-righteous, I admit), I take naps, and on the bizarre…"
"I agree Louisa.
My husband is retired. It is a difficult balance between keeping him happy and taking time away to write. If my writing paid on occasion, he would reckon it important and not just something I think I want to do. However, he is proud…"
Delighted to have you join us the Novelist group, Kari. You might jump in by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. I’ll look forward to chatting with you!
Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Group Moderator
Author of the national bestseller The Wednesday Sisters, The Language of Light, a Bellwether Prize finalist, and the forthcoming The Four Ms. Bradwells (Ballantine, March 2011)
Thank you Kari. I have just sent you an email with attached pdf free e book on creating compelling characters and the firs ttwo newsletters.
Hope you find them helpful!
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