The Five Forms of Procrastination–Episode 64–October 2, 2015

WRITER 2.0: Writing, publishing, and the space between show

Summary: “The price an artist pays for doing what he wants is that he has to do it.”<br> William S. Burroughs<br> In this solo episode of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I talk about how procrastination affects our writing lives. First, I touch on three things writers should understand about procrastination:<br> <br> Most writers—even successful ones—procrastinate.<br> We procrastinate for good reasons.<br> The key to working with procrastination is awareness.<br> <br> Next, I talk about 5 forms of procrastination and the corresponding emotional sentiments that can keep us from writing.<br> [dt_divider style=”thin” /]<br> <br> Procrastination Form #1: Overwhelm<br> Sentiment: “I don’t know where to start” or “It’s just too big”<br> [dt_divider style=”thin” /]<br> Procrastination Form #2: Rebellion<br> Sentiment: “You’re not gonna make me do this today”<br> [dt_divider style=”thin” /]<br> <br> Procrastination Form #3: Fatigue or Lack of motivation<br> Sentiment: “I just don’t have the energy for this today” or “Why bother?”<br> [dt_divider style=”thin” /]<br> <br> Procrastination Form: #4: Fear of an Unknown Outcome<br> Sentiment: “I just don’t know if this book will go anywhere.”<br> [dt_divider style=”thin” /]<br> <br> Procrastination Form #5: Perfectionism<br> Sentiment: “It’s never going to be good enough anyway.”<br> [dt_divider style=”thin” /]<br> <br> To send comments or questions, find me on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, or email me at podcast(at) And remember, emailed questions can come either as text or as MP3 audio files, which I will drop directly into the show.<br>