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. This article is spot on as it relates to the world of writing. I think many of us procrastinate because its a part of the thought process before we put pen to paper or finger to keys. So its not so much procrastination but introspection and idea gathering.

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    1. There may be some truth to what you have said Dave and I’d love to use that idea as a further excuse, but I am just so fed up with my procrastinating exploits that I need to own up, recognise my problem for what it is and either change my ways or resign myself to forever treading this unproductive route.

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  2. I’m going to start writing anytime now…maybe…though now that I think about it there are a couple of videos I wanted to watch on YouTube first. Yeah, YouTube first and then writing.

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