It’s True; Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators. Do You Agree? (1 min read)

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Amber M.

Founder & Owner of: A Not So Jaded Life

Millionaire’s Digest Staff Team, Author, Successful Living and Writing Writer


A Writer’s favourite word: Tomorrow (a mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored.)

Like most writers, I am an inveterate procrastinator. In the course of writing this one article, I have checked my e-mail approximately 3,000 times, made and discarded multiple grocery lists, conducted a lengthy Twitter battle over whether the gold standard is actually the worst economic policy ever proposed, written Facebook messages to old schoolmates I haven’t seen in at least a decade, invented a delicious new recipe for chocolate berry protein smoothies, and googled my name several times to make sure that I have at least once written something that someone would actually want to read. I haven’t done any of that, but I’ve blown as much time doing other crap… like YouTube and Reddit.

Lots of people procrastinate, of course, but for writers, it is a peculiarly common occupational hazard. One book editor I talked to fondly reminisced about the first book she was assigned to work on, back in the late 1990s. It had gone under contract in 1972.

I once asked a talented friend how he managed to produce such highly regarded 8,000-word features regularly. “Well,” he said, “first, I put it off for two or three weeks. Then I sit down to write. That’s when I get up and go clean the garage. After that, I go upstairs, and then I come back downstairs and complain to my wife for a couple of hours. Finally, but only after a couple more days have passed and I’m really freaking out about missing my deadline, I ultimately sit down and write.”

That pretty much sums up a multitude of writers lives. I guarantee a majority of writers will be reading this post when they are meant to be writing or working, correct?


Article Credits: Amber M.

Millionaire’s Digest Staff Team, Author

(For Writing, Book, Journal Bloggers & More)

63 thoughts on “It’s True; Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators. Do You Agree? (1 min read)”

  1. So true – self motivation is so hard some days. I’m taking a break and looking for others to inspire me. Join in on the fun…

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  2. I love it! This is so true, too true, words of gold. It made the procrastinator in me feel great, thinking that it means I really am a writer. lol. I may finish my “How to procrastinate” self-help series after all 😉 Or start something completely unrelated, going wherever my inspira… ahem.. procrastination take me at any given moment.

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  3. This is completely true ! When I stress about my own made up deadlines to the point of pulling my hair out, that’s when I finally get serious. Other than that, the procrastination game is strong!

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  4. You’ve got it spot on, it took us a day to write our latest post because we would check Instagram or go out for lunch. Most commonly though we’d just stare at the page before deciding we weren’t going to do it. It was only when it was getting late and we started worrying that we wrote and wrote

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