Friday, August 27, 2010

Procrastinating the Written Word

The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
—Mary Heaton Vorse

I love this quote! For me, it says it all. I've been so caught up in writing advice either online or in magazine articles that I've lost focus of what I'm trying to accomplish. Writing. I'll never get the job done if my butt isn't in the seat, right?

Procrastination is a nasty habit of mine when it comes to writing. I think the main reason is fear of rejection. I know, rejection is part of the game. I've heard this over and over, but it'll still be a slap in the face when I get my first one.

Another reason I procrastinate is perfectionism. I want everything I write to be pristine and beautiful on the first draft. I have to tell myself, get real. Nobody's perfect, especially on the first draft.

I'm printing out Vorse's quote right now and taping it to my desk. And, I will get busy the morning...I promise. Pinky swear.


  1. I have the fear of rejection as well, but I also can't seem to sit down to write until all the little things I have to do that day are done. They are never done. And so I never get around to the writing!

  2. You have to change this, Nish! I know you. Writing makes you happy!