Please Tell Me I’m Not the Only One

Foiled again

Am I the only one who tricks them selves (them self? Does not sound correct.) into working on an important writing project? It is a well-known and abundantly documented fact that writers are great at the fine art of procrastination. We agree on that.  We love to write. We do other work so that we are able to write. But we also find other things to do in order to put off the WIP (work in progress) that we truly care about.

Some of us write stuff we do not want to write so that we can write the stuff we want to write.


But I have this odd technique of tricking myself into working on my WIP. I tell myself that once I complete the getting-paid-for-it assignment, I will just open the file that holds my WIP for a minute. Don’t need to stay there and work…just going to take a quick look.

Insert sneaky laugh right here. Maybe add some ugly hand wringing?

And every. single. time. The WIP grabs me and before I know it my fingers are moving the cursor and deleting a word here, adding a perfect phrase there, and I am deep into writing mode and LOVING it.

Or HATING it. Either way…I am writing. I am working on my WIP. So the “P” in WIP is happening. Progress is being made. Bit by bit. But it IS happening!

Foiled again!



5 thoughts on “Please Tell Me I’m Not the Only One

  1. If I had a few pieces I could submit for pay that would be a great starting point, but I get what you are saying. Procrastination is a horrible beast to slay.

  2. My WIP has been IP for much too long. I kind of shelved it for now…waiting for that rainy day when I have nothing else to do (when I retire) to pull it back out. It’s always in the back of my mind, however…and someday it will get my full attention again. But in the meantime, I’m having more fun writing short bloggy things that get more immediate results! You keep clicking…someday you will truly be famous!!!! And I’ll say I knew you when! 🙂

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