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the writer’s eternal purgatory

Sounds dramatic doesn’t it? But I think it’s pretty spot on. Procrastinating is hell.

I’ve been there more times than I care to remember. Even now that crafty devil is urging me to flip between tabs, to Facebook, to procrastinate about this post.

But it always takes the edge off the guilt to know that other writers are in the same painful writing-limbo as you. So here’s a website that has compiled a bunch of quotes from writers about procrastination.

It’s a good read, and I felt better after having seen that other writers out there feel that

Writing is like pulling teeth. From my dick.

Not that I have a dick, but I get the idea. For me procrastinating is convincing myself that, ‘if I’m not writing, reading is the next best thing’, or that it’s perfectly reasonable to ‘just relax and watch some TV’ for about 5 hours.

I’ve said this to a few people, and I’ll say it here: writing is like getting on a rollercoaster. It’s scary as hell (eternal purgatory, right?) and you wait in line for ages and work yourself up over it. Sometimes when you get to the head of the queue, you chicken out. Sometimes you gussy up and strap yourself in. And most of the time you have a blast.

I guess I need to learn to love rollercoasters.


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