“I took all my notebooks, all my manuscripts
and ate them page by page so I could take my words with me
I can finally control my life and even death”
~ From Holy, by Nicole Blackman
“The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one.”
There’s no point arguing – you’re going to procrastinate. I know it. Your friends know it. Everyone knows it. Except… maybe you.
It’s okay to procrastinate.
People always have those breakdowns of Writing being half-expiration, half-perspiration, half-pig, but they’re wrong. It’s no amount pig. It’s not even the others. Sure, revision and reading will take up a lot of time, and they do make up a big part of it. Writing itself is only a minuscule portion of writing. Here’s what’s really going on:
Writing is 10% Writing, and 90% Not-Writing. Yes, it’s recursive. Accept that and move on, or the 90% figure will start creeping up.
Something else you need to know: It’s perfectly okay.
The trick is to direct your procrastination (everything that isn’t writing is non-writing, hence procrastination) into things that will help your writing. There’s some basic must-do things…
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