House Training the Writer Within

Each time you put off working on your article, poem, or novel, you create a moment of relief for yourself. It feels good to procrastinate because (for a while, anyway) you don’t have to face the many challenges that writing presents. Unfortunately, this works like house-training a new puppy by giving him a biscuit when he pees on the rug instead of on the paper. There is an experience of some immediate, welcome relief but what follows is a mess you have to clean up later.

Procrastination operates like a heroin addiction: it fixes our immediate discomfort whileleading us into hell. If your bad habits have been long-standing, then you are probably not fully aware of the mechanisms that control your behavior.

The first step is to study your writing habits as specifically and objectively as possible, with a spirit of curiosity and self-forgiveness. Remember, some part of you will experience efforts to increase productivity as threatening, aggravating, or an imposition.

 

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About David Arnot Rasch

Author, psychologist, speaker, workshop leader
This entry was posted in Common Writing Block Problems, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead, Tips for overcoming writer's block and procrastination and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

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