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It’s True; Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators. Do You Agree?

It’s True; Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators. Do You Agree?

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. Wow, you have conveyed it really well.
    I am not a big-time writer but a recent entrant into the blogging world and I am really enjoying posting my write-ups, following and reading other bloggers, liking and commenting! Many things, my day to day experiences run through my head and I would wish I want to write it but there goes.. Procrastination !!! ?

  2. I’m not 100% sure i would classify myself as a writer as of yet. I do write a lot and seemingly well. But this is me all the time whenever i have something to do. I put it off until the last minute and then rush through it and am always consistently surprised when i receive a good grade or good reviews on it. Like right now.. i should be completing my capstone project that’s due on Friday =) but i’m on WordPress commenting on your blog post.

  3. I can relate to this. I started my blog with writing about a lot of stuff in a short period of time and then I stopped for a couple of months. I thought to myself “How am I supposed to get a blog going by not writing!” So now everyday I write something even if its short and sweet just to keep my creative juices flowing.

  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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    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.

  9. This is so true. I often try to to do writing for college classes early but end up still doing things last minute. And then, it’s after playing video games, watching Youtube, checking emails, texting or the billion other things I do. I’ve been trying to get better at just focusing on writing, it’s hard.

  10. Correct! And I feel ashamed and not a bit heartened that there are so many others like me.

    It is so stressful procrastinating and leaving things I know I should be doing to the last minute.

    Help! I can’t stand this.

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