Monday, April 25, 2011

Procrastination vs. Writer’s Block

I am procrastinating. Right now I should be doing something, but I’m choosing to write this post instead. Honestly I started this post two weeks ago. I just never got around to finishing it. Procrastinators UNITE…tomorrow.

A lot of people confuse procrastination with writer’s block. Procrastination is just pure laziness. You know you are procrastinating when you say to yourself multiple “I have time.” Reality is you don’t. The more you say it the less time you have. Aspiring writers, like me, don’t have the pressure of a deadline. Without the pressure the saying “I have more time” is more frequent. All you need is that big push to finish that manuscript or those tedious revisions. Sometimes we blame writer’s block, when it’s really just procrastination. Writer’s block is when you are stuck and have no idea what to write or what comes next in your story. That’s it.
Here are some tips to help with writer’s block

1. Go outside. You’ve been inside at the computer all day, get some air. Go for a walk or drive. Get some ice cream, chocolate ice cream. While you’re out clear your head. You never know where inspiration will hit. Taking a small break will take away some of the stress.

2. If it’s late, turn off the computer and go to sleep.

3. Start writing a completely different scene. After you are done with that think about how you want to get there from where you left off.

4. Try a change of scenery. Take your notebook and write freehand someplace different. Like I said earlier getting writers need some air. If it’s nice outside write at the park or in your backyard. If it’s cold try going a nice quite spot away from your house. (I personally think it’s funny whenever I see writers with their laptops at Starbucks)

5. Beware of social media sites. Yeah it’s okay to check your Facebook and tweet once and a while writing. But if you spend more than ten minutes on the internet then your writer’s block might turn into procrastination.

Sometimes when I have writer’s block I tend to go back and read what I have written in the previous scene. Try not to read the whole thing over again or else your inner editor might take over and you’ll end up procrastinating. I don’t believe in outlines but I do believe in knowing how you want your story to end. I like write the ending or scenes out of order and then piece them together. When you write scenes out of order you can piece it together later where you want those scenes to go. Then just fill in the holes. Who knows, you might get a few ideas for the scene you were working on.

When it comes to writer’s block sometimes you just have to suck it up and get to work. It’s very easy to turn writer’s block into procrastination.

On a fun note I don’t know why, but I just discovered this video via Facebook and thought it was hilarious

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