Wednesday, March 5, 2014

IWSG Wednesday Topic: Procrastination

It's the first Wednesday of the month so it must be time for a post from all the folks in the Insecure Writers Support Group. (IWSG) 

What is IWSG? Founder of IWSG and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is
"to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!"
After visiting here, please take time to hop over to other blogs and hear their voices. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page 
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Procrastination by J.Q. Rose
Greek village of Tarpon Springs, FL

Insecure? Who? Me? I never would describe myself as insecure, but, (there's always a but),  when I pull up the blank page on my laptop, I do become a bit anxious about putting words on that daunting, dazzling white screen. 

For some reason, my elation at beginning a new story evaporates. Those ideas I scribbled down in my spiral notebook seemed so creative, imaginative, amazing. But, as I begin to think about how to carry out those ideas, actually use words, sentences, paragraphs to develop the brilliant plans I see in my notebook pages, I doubt my ability to pen an entertaining, uplifting, memorable story with a message.

That's the moment the moment procrastination grabs me. I leave the laptop and get the chocolate out. You know, last year's Christmas candy I hid away in the pantry so I wouldn't eat it? I sit back down at my desk and allow the sweet chocolate flavor to coat my mouth. Might as well check my emails while I'm enjoying such a treat. Oh yes, and how about Facebook? You know my friends on Facebook need me to check in.

Finally, after preparing a cup of tea, I decide to get serious about writing the story.  At last, a few words develop into several sentences that group into paragraphs on the page. Instead of work and worry, the writing becomes a joyful challenge. Amazing how chocolate and tea erases that insecurity and the procrastination monster runs away.

How about you? Do you have trouble actually sitting down to start a new project?


L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's why I can't face a blank screen. Something about typing on a computer makes me feel it has to be perfect. I do better if I hand write first.

Elsie Amata said...

I had to giggle when I read about your stash of Christmas chocolate. I have some too! I feel it's best we keep snacking on it. We wouldn't want it to go stale, right?

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co-host IWSG

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It takes me forever because I like to plan them out in such detail before I begin. It's typing that first page that's tough. Glad you powered through it.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

The worst part about my procrastination is that now I tell myself I am platform building...even as I take the "what animal are you" quiz on facebook. Oh and don't even get me started on chocolate!

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