The Enemy

Yes, yes, we’ve all seen the picture saying, “Writer’s block: when your imaginary friends won’t talk to you.” I can’t say that I often get writer’s block. It’s more like…procrastinator’s block. Meaning I might get started on a book then leave it for weeks at a time.  I’m sort of like a cat that way, I guess. You know, short bursts of activity then napping for the rest of the day. It’s not to say that I don’t stop thinking about the book, because I do. Constantly. I’ll always be coming up with ideas, going through the plot in my head, over and over and over. Actually sitting down to write is another story. Sometimes I have to force myself to do it. And once I start, I do enjoy myself, so what’s up with that?

Let’s go through the process, shall we? Let’s see…I get a book idea in my head. I sit down to write it. I maybe get a chapter or two done, then I get up and leave it for a long time because I’m preoccupied with other things (different projects, books I’d like to read instead of writing, and of course, school). That’s one of the reasons why it will take me so long to write a book. Not writer’s block, procrastinator’s block. From what I can tell, I’m not the only one who goes through it.

There’s always posts with a pie chart of what writers do when working on something, and only a small portion of it is sitting down to really write. What’s up with that? Are we really distracted that easily? Like a raccoon, “Ooh, shiny.” Maybe because life gets in the way, or sometimes the idea of writing everything that’s going through your mind seems like too much work. A story can be really long, after all. It’s so much easier to sit down in front of the TV with some chocolate.

Reasons for my procrastination are endless. I’ve already mentioned a few. Mostly school, I’d say, because homework (ugh), and studying (ugh), although I get a lot of my writing done in school when waiting for class to start or on those odd days when I have a tiny stretch of free time. School has to be important, right? Therefor it’s a perfectly good reason for me to not write if I have a lot of work on my plate.

There’s nothing else I can think of that is nearly that good of a reason. I’ll be working on other projects, maybe art or something. Or I’ll be reading a really good book and I forget. Or I simply just can’t bring myself to write for no reason at all, good or bad. I’m not in the mood. And I go to do something else.

As I’ve said, it’s not that writers don’t like writing. But I’m beginning to think that procrastinating is a natural trait when it comes to doing it. I’ll stop rambling on about my Great Writer’s Enemy, because there’s not much else to say. All I need you to do is believe me:

Procrastinator’s block is definitely a thing.