Why Writers Procrastinate

Hello, fellow creatives!

Ah, procrastination! Ever find yourself filing a tax return when you’re supposed to be fleshing out a character? Or maybe, clearing out the airing cupboard instead of starting the first round of edits? Yes, we’ve all been there. Suddenly, gardening is far more appealing than plodding along with a draft once you hit the middle of a project. Procrastination can be a slipper slope to us mere creatives.

Unfortunately, there is only one universal truth to writing and that is to sit down and get it done. And that’s all right in principle, but let’s slow things down, and take a look at why we procrastinate in the first place.

Ever wondered if there are certain individuals who are so driven and so focused, that they never let such forces come into play. Well, I’ve yet to find one person, let alone an artist, who hasn’t avoided something by doing something else. They procrastinate!


You see, the act of procrastination is often masking something. Whether it be doubt, anxiety or boredom – it’s valuable to listen to what’s going on internally and to make necessary adjustments. Recently, I had the overwhelming sense of being lost, that my path had become unclear, and it was all down to a lack of self-care. Nothing a good holiday wouldn’t fix! But thanks to the pandemic, no one has been able to relax like we once did.

However, instead of berating myself about my under-performance, I accepted it with grace. We are all dealing with extraordinary times. We all occasionally become ill, have stress bubble up, and overwork ourselves. Procrastination is a sign that we may need a little maintenance. A bit of TLC. Recuperation is in order, not a verbal bashing from our inner dialogue.

Taking time away from a project is never a bad thing. Fill up on books, take walks on the beach, practice a little yoga, or bake. Soon enough, your creativity will be restored, and trust me, your story will thank you for it. When we enjoy a great book, we don’t stress over how long it took the artist to create it, we simply escape into the world they created. The same will be applied to your Stories, by your readers.

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ยฉ Author Lorraine Ambers and http://www.lorraineambers.com, 2021.

24 thoughts on “Why Writers Procrastinate

  1. Great article Lorraine.
    I actually don’t procrastinate on my writing but getting my bills out on time.. (like a mo. late).
    I gotta switch that up … money don’t buy me love (writing does), but it pays the bills๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒท

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  2. Louise Brady, Author

    I realised during my degree I procrastinate sometimes when I’m trying to do unnecessary tasks: I kept trying to write another chapter for my project, but it turned out I didn’t need it to meet the word count. Now every time I procrastinate I ask myself if the task is necessary ๐Ÿ™‚

    I mostly procrastinate when I’m stuck though. Yesterday I cleaned the house instead of writing because I had an idea for changing my plot, but it requires so much work!

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  3. I totally relate to your post Lorraine. Sometimes, the thoughts just don’t flow to ‘us creatives’ as you say. I find that setting my neat cupboard neater is really appealing. I have to forcibly sit on the desk and then it falls in place.
    Writing is a lonely profession, for sure. But a profound expression of you.

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      1. Urgh don’t talk about VAT or tax – I really need to get my biz paperwork up to date to sort my self-assessment…. I really dont want to so I’m watching another YouTube video!

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