Writers, have you ever been working on a story and stopped to check something, anything else? You should be writing, but you’re not. I’m doing it right now! Manuscript open, pen in hand, mid-edit, when I decide I need to write this post, check social media, oh look dishes need to be washed.
Why. Do. We. Do. This?
Why does the procrastination switch flip so flipping often? (say that ten times fast)
I tried to answer this question on my own. My response is fear, it must be the fear of finishing or fear of finding out that I can’t finish.
The story needs to be worked on, yet there we are, checking this or that.
Now the question is, how do we stop?
I know many put their cell phones away, or turn off their internet. Sometimes that is not enough, because look dishes! Look the floor needs to be cleaned. Oh, laundry!
Does it come down to doubt within our work and our selves? That once we remind ourselves we can do it and not be afraid we can power through the distractions and finish the manuscript?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on WHY. DO. WE. DO. THIS?!