Ridiculously the same yet different!! In that the job doesn’t get done.
Procrastination: is busying yourself with everything and anything except what you know needs to be done. Reasons for this ranges from ; I forgot to do something; the fridge needs cleaning; oh, I must go to the store; I have to finish that book; you get the point… whatever gives you pleasure or grabs your attention, as opposed to work or things that are well, not no fun but less fun.
Writer’s Block: This my friend has to do with one thing, writing. It seems whatever you do, you simply cannot find the words to finish or produce new work for that matter. This condition is very distressing and/or overwhelming to me. Many writers simply want to give up (that is where I found myself). Throwing in the writers plume as it were. And then….
What can we do to remedy procrastination you ask?
Personally, I use positive self-talk. Procrastination can become a real problem. First of all we need to admit that we are putting things off, over and over and over again. Once you have done that, setting a priority list is good and soon you will develop stickability — if that’s a word –either way you understand what I mean.
Purpose in your mind – that you will reward yourself with something you know works for you. It doesn’t have to be costly. The prize can be a cup of coffee or tea at your favourite coffee shop, flowers, a glass of wine, time in the sun and/or reading a book. Whatever makes you tunnel through. Remember that if you give in to procrastination there are consequences. In saying that, ask yourself what is more pleasing then imagine how great it feels when you have a productive day.
Writer’s block is a whole different story – sometimes psychologically we are simply intimidated — especially in this day and age of technology. Writers, good writers are everywhere. It’s not easy to get over the wall that blocks the way to hearing, or seeing words in your mind’s eye for that story to develop at the end of your pen. Writer’s block is no respecter of persons – whether you are a new writer or a seasoned one – it can visit you un-announced! Don’t despair.
I don’t profess to have a miraculous solution but I can maybe help by shedding light and sharing some correctives that I now use.
-Research, research, research. There is so much available at your finger tips now
-I love to read so am now using that and so reading all about what you want to write about is important
-Make notes as you go along
-Practice dialogue between characters
-Write for a set time everyday and may I suggest you do it at the same time as well. For example 15 minutes at 6:30 a.m. everyday…it’s habit forming.
-I have also started to write at my desk surrounded by items that trigger the writer in me
-Try keeping a notepad and pen on your nightstand so that when or if you awake in the night you can easily write it down then go back to it later
-You have heard the old saying “a picture says a thousand words” take that literally – let it stimulate your wonder and curiosity. Look at a favourite photo or painting and write. If you are a freelance writer you may just get your first thousand words toward completing that article or that book you have always wanted to write.
-What do you want to write? poetry, fiction, non-fiction or perhaps your life story. Write.
-Now read what you wrote and decide what you want to keep and what you don’t. We have to be real and know that not everything we write will be great -however- that is no reason to stop.
-Best advice I can give you is WRITE IT DOWN. There is somebody that needs to hear what you have to say. It is also said, that we writers write because we need to, not because we have to. Whatever you do, please don’t sabotage your writing by procrastinating!