Just One More Thing Before I Write...

A friend of mine has been struggling with something lately, so this blog post is dedicated to her. There is a hurdle that every writer must overcome. It doesn't matter what kind of personality you have, it doesn't matter if you're a bestselling author or you're not querying yet. We all have this... problem, for lack of a better word.

Procrastination.

I think it's in our blood, honestly. I have yet to meet a fellow writer that has not had the urge at some time or another to delay opening that Word document. Oh, I need to check my Twitter. Wait, I have to respond to this e-mail; don't want to be rude, right? Just a second, I really should update my blog.

And somehow, an hour later, you find yourself on a Wikipedia page that's explaining freaking crop rotations. The regret probably hits you at this point. You think, My god, what's wrong with me? You begin to question if you're cut out for this. I mean, if you're delaying this, there has to be a deeper reason for it, right?

Kelsey pauses to flick your temple.

I'm sorry, but I had to do that. You made me. Because the truth is, you're fine! You're just sane, is all. Writing is hard; there are no illusions about that. It takes a different sort of person to sit at a computer and create something out of words. It's impossible, actually. It's painful. And it's also wonderful. Which is why we keep coming back to it despite all the rest. So, okay, let yourself procrastinate a little. But when you reach that point when you realize you're Googling pictures of alien spaceship sightings, it's time to knuckle down and get back to work. The only solution to procrastination is to just do it. There are no other magical answers.

Why are you still here? Get your rear in gear and open that document!