Writer’s Procrastination kills the dreams of more aspiring authors than all other problems combined. A pretty bold statement, I admit. Here’s why it’s true.
If you never start your book you most certainly will never finish it.
Let me give you an example.
As part of its community outreach, my church recently formed a media committee to generate content for the church’s social media feeds. One young man volunteered to draft an email to the church membership outlining why the committee was formed, it’s role in promoting God’s Word in our area, and urge church members to promote the committee’s efforts on their own social media accounts.
After almost two weeks, the young man posted on the committee’s private Facebook group he was unable to complete the task, but would do his best to get to it sometime in the next two weeks.
It took more time to build up the courage to write and post that message than it would to complete the task.
A couple of committee members suggested a) the entire job would only take 5-10 minutes to complete, and b) if he doesn’t start he will never complete the task.
I suggested done is better than perfect, and asked him to set a 5-minute timer on his smart phone, start that timer and write until the timer expired.
It probably won’t shock you to learn the time span, from his original post explaining he didn’t have time to write the email to posting the completed draft, was under three and a half hours.
Committee members didn’t offer encouragement until an hour after his original post so, in reality, in less than two and a half hours the job was done.
He would not say how long it took to draft his letter. I leave it to you to ponder why that might be. 🙂
Here’s the thing….
The hardest part of writing is NOT the actual writing….
It’s getting started.
- Done is better than perfect,
- You can’t edit what you don’t write.
- Set a 5-minute timer on your smart phone, start the countdown, and write.
It really is that simple.
Just start. The rest of it will take care of itself.
If you need encouragement in this area then I would suggest two books to you, written by yours truly. Both will help you slay the demon of Writer’s Procrastination.