The Writers Curse

The writers curse is

Knowing the words you want to write

But procrastinating writing them down

Until its too late

“The Writers Curse” was inspired by real life events, lol. Well, the real life events of a friend who is trying to write three books and knows what to write but can’t physically write it. Okay, it’s me. I’m the friend with a procrastination problem…

I recently mentioned in my post “My Goals For 2023” I really want to work on publishing at least one book this year. I’m currently working on three different ones at the moment. And I have a very bad habit of procrastinating when things get real. You know how long I procrastinated creating my Lifesfinewhine’s Services page? Literally years.

Like all great writers, I decided to write this short poem about procrastination working on any of the three books. I believe that the biggest dilemma Jane Austen had was not being poisoned and dying but rather fighting of procrastination and writing her books. From what I’ve heard, there were supposed to be three sequels to Pride and Prejudice but she never got around to it because she spent hours on TikTok instead. Kidding, obviously.

Anyway, I should stop rambling. Even though the rambling has sort of become my brand lately.

Are you a writer? Do you deal with a procrastination problem like I do? If so, what do you do to combat procrastination? Let me know in the comments below because I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Or simply stop by and say hi!

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134 responses to “The Writers Curse”

  1. I like to write a few words down so I won’t forget them. I’ll revisit them later when I can truly focus on conveying my thoughts.

    1. That’s a really good idea.

    2. Ah, procrastination. I like to think of it as simply your mind deciding to mill around a good idea, letting it age like fine wine until suddenly it’s a GREAT idea.

      That said, I’ve got a wine cellar the size of Rome full of potentially fantastical ideas that are untapped. Meh, I’ll get around to it tomorrow… ish.

      Seriously, if it’s not procrastination, it seems like it’s distraction then. Haven’t beaten either yet. Only thing that ever works for me is going and renting a room somewhere, even at a cheap, dingy place, if only for a night, with a pad of paper and a laptop in hand. Kinda focuses me then.

      If I don’t procrastinate in setting up a reservation.

      1. What’s worse procrastination or writers block? I feel like both have the desire yet one delays writing for whatever excuse and the other is the desire to write but cannot.

        1. That’s a good question. I feel like writer’s block you can pull yourself out of though, where procrastination is an exercise of will power. I only say the writer’s block thing because usually when I do that word-vomit exercise, I can get the juices flowing, so to speak.

  2. I am literally sitting at my desk procrastinating on working on any one of the three books I’ve started. I also set a goal for myself to finish at least one his year. I also logged out of all my social media for a few weeks in an effort to eliminate the distractions. Nope not working.

    1. Oof that’s rough but procrastination is way too common for writers. I just can’t seem to get the words down either.

  3. Back when I used to write, I would set very small goals to get the ball rolling: one paragraph, one page, 300 words, etc. I hope you finish your book!

    1. That’s a great idea. I think smaller goals are less daunting.

    2. That is a good idea. I have written four chapters in my second book, but that’s it for now until I can title the next chapter.

      1. That’s good progress! I wish you the best in finishing your second book 💪😊

  4. Yes, Pooj I procrastinate a lot far more than I want to admit. Part of the problem is being too tired after work. Maintaining focus is another. I can come with great ideas but can’t expand on them because I lose focus also second guessing what I do write thinking it’s not good enough.

    1. I have a big procrastination issue too. I’m sure being tired probably doesn’t really help. I have the same problem with not being able to expand. I feel like I have great ideas in my head but writing it down chapter after chapter is difficult. Hopefully, we can both get better.

      1. You don’t mind if call you that do you

        1. Not at all, I actually prefer it more than my full name.

  5. I think we all procrastinate a little. With me it’s the house work. Any excuse! 🙂

    1. I tend to cook when I don’t want to write, lol!

  6. Sometimes I just want to do nothing.

    1. Yeah, I really get that.

  7. I’m literally waiting to read your book Pooj❤❤❤
    You are such an amazing writer. Procrastination is indeed a problem to most of us hey. I’m also hoping to have finished my first book this year.

    1. Aw thank you 💕 I’m excited to read your book too 😊

  8. So trueee!!!
    It happens, something so amazing strikes my mind but then I don’t write it down and boom it flows away… Haha
    All the best for your book!

    1. Yes, I happens so much it’s annoying lol!
      Thank you!

  9. Ah, that’s what it’s called.. The writers curse. I suspect i’l be having abit of that once my holiday is over and I go back to work.

    I’m sure you will figure a way around it Pooja 😉

    1. Yes, I’m sure you’ll figure out a way to keep writing 😊

      1. Lol Renard has given some great suggestions… Working on it… 😉

        1. Lol that’s good 😅

  10. It’s hard to find a writer who doesn’t procrastinate, lol. I don’t really have a specific way of dealing with it, a time just comes when i have nothing to procrastinate with anymore, as in nothing to do other than write. Then i reluctantly pick up my laptop to write. Try shutting off the things that make you procrastinate. Like social media.

    Love the poem – resonates well with all writers!

    1. True, lol. I already stopped social media and only post automatically via WP but my mind still finds distractions lol.

  11. Haha! We wouldn’t be writers if we didn’t procrastinate. I’ll let you know the solution when I stop … which is never. 😅 It comes with the territory. We always get through it though.

    1. Lol true, we just have to shut out procrastinating brain off and write sometimes. At some point lol 😅

      1. … at some point … 😅

  12. Hey Pooja, I have a novel and poetry book coming out this year and I’m not yet done with either. I usually set my targets(early summer and late autumn in this case), announce them to the world to pile a level of external expectation on myself, then I MUST make time. I’m currently writing most early mornings even when January is an exam month. I know that once I get past the first few paragraphs, I will be living in the pages and that’s such a blissful place to be. Scheduling helps a lot too, plus word targets but I haven’t mastered any of them. I am getting better at it though.

    1. Hey, congratulations on both books. I’m sure they will both be great. Yes, I think announcing them holds us accountable. Good luck with the writing.

  13. I don’t know what to say
    But I want to read that book post-haste, so you stop procrastinating and start writing.😛
    I don’t know how you will do about it, but I hope you find the solution.

    1. Thanks. Lol I need to really stop procrastinating but it’s so hard.

      1. Are yoy facing writer’s block?

        1. No just procrastination.

          1. Can I ask why you want to write these books?

            1. Because I enjoy writing and want to write books.

              1. Well here’s 👆🏻 your number reason why not to procrastinate 😁

                1. If only it were that simple 😅

  14. Oh my gosh why is this so relatable?? 😂 Whenever I have to do an analysis for English – I always think of the best perceptions at the most random time, and forget them by the time I actually come round to revise 😂😩

    1. Lol, it was the same for me in literature classes 😅

  15. Please stay focused, and at least work on one book at a time. In this way, you will be able to concentrate more.
    As for procrastination, it is thief of time. But we cannot help.

    1. Thanks so much. Yes, I really do need to concentrate and figure out a way to beat procrastination.

  16. Omg!!
    You just described my situation. I always have lots of ideas to write and i even know the words but am too lazy to pen it down…..until it’s too late, as you mentioned.

    1. I’m the same way!

  17. Being a writer and procrastination often fit too well in a sentence.

    1. Yes, unfortunately so.

  18. Absolutely yes to everything you said in this post! (From one fellow writing procrastinator to another). I have this tendency to binge work on my novels and then not touch them for months. So, the way that I’ve gotten around this issue is to 1. set myself a schedule. I only write Monday through Friday in the morning when I wake up. 2. I don’t give myself a word goal for the day. If I write 100 words or 1000 words, I’ve gotten something down and that is a win. 3. I start by just opening my lap top. It’s easier to go to the gym if you already have your gym clothes on, know what I’m saying? : ) Hope this helps! I’m rooting for you!

    1. Thanks so much! I do the same, when I first got the idea all I did was write and then I sort of can’t right now even though I know what to write next. I’ll try out your tips, thank you for sharing them. Really appreciate it!

  19. I’ve had that problem too from time to time. What helps me is writing down any thoughts, etc about the project I’m working on and expand it (sometimes slowly) from those notes.

    1. That’s a good idea, I’ll keep it in mind. Thanks!

  20. Writers and procrastination are mortal enemies trying to fight off each other. Sadly, I suffer from it too but I try by writing small poems or getting my ideas sorted out in the notes app to write later. Sometimes I get around to the later, sometimes not. At most times, I just wish there was a machine that could directly weave thoughts from our brain into an effective piece!

    1. So true. Sorry to hear that you have that issue too. I know, I think that too. Maybe someday we won’t have to manually write and just think it lol!

      1. That’d be every writer’s dream come true 🙂

  21. Focus, focus, focus. And even then that’s not enough. I have found I need to really clear my head from things that distract and make what I’m trying to write the priority. That’s been very difficult these past few months. I only started again with my blogs this month and recently finished a trilogy of short fiction stories I had started months ago. One thing I’ve found is that when I can clear my mind of other things, I often times “force” myself to focus on what I need to do and “imerse” myself in the topic, and just start writing. BTW, try to focus on just one book at a time, then one chapter at a time. Break it down into small bites. Then just start writing. There will be plenty of time to take out the “garbage”. Hope this helps!

    1. That’s definitely helpful, thank you so much!

  22. I just think of the first thing that comes to my mind, more or less, and then write it. And I will admit that it’s almost always pretty nonsensical. For instance, what do the vast majority of my poems mean? I don’t really know! I’m sure they must reflect something about my mental state at the time or my current state, but I really have no idea lol.

    1. That being SAID, I am constantly procrastinating, not to MENTION completely forgetting to edit photos, or sometimes even write posts (ha…ha…ha) (|;;

      1. Haha can definitely relate to that 😅

        1. Yeah, I guess I just have to get into the habit of getting everything done with and scheduled beforehand again. That seemed to be working, but I don’t know lol. I think I also just need to be more disciplined.

          1. Yeah I definitely need more discipline lol.

    2. Lol yes, some ideas are crazy or nonsensical but I think they help get the ball rolling anyway.

      1. I agree lol

  23. Procrastination is so real and if I don’t write it down it will never find it’s way back. LOL
    Good luck on your books, I know you can do it.

    1. Lol same here, I always have to write it down when I think of something good. Thank you! 😊

  24. I often go several weeks without any writing topic inspiration but then the bug strikes me and I immerse myself for days doing nothing else but write until I get it out of my system again. LOL

    1. I’m like that too. I can write for hours and then not at all.

  25. I can relate. After a day of writing for work or editing other people’s work, I don’t have the energy to write for myself.

    1. I understand, you can end up very drained after working all day.

  26. I agree with Vanya. Making a living can zap the creative energy.
    I could benefit from good advice, but I seldom take it 😊. Here is my idea for you and a series of questions.
    You receive a notice that you have six months left to live. What project would you want to complete, and what would you leave undone? How would you fit it into making a living? Who could you enlist to help you finish your project?
    Good luck and happy writing!

    1. I agree, working can really zap your creative energy. I think I’ve started procrastinating more after working full-time.
      Those are interesting questions. I think if I had six months to live I would just write for those six months. And I know what book I would work on.
      This has been incredibly helpful. Thanks so much!

  27. I think I procrastinate quite a bit. Maybe because I haven’t worked in 20 years, it’s hard to get in the habit of working. Maybe just lazy, who knows. I know if I don’t write something down as soon as I think of it, I will forget it. But I’m working on it. I started jotting notes down in OneNote and I got a calendar to write down what I need to do during the day. My book is going a lot slower than I hoped. Hopefully I can get more consistent.

    1. Yeah sometimes it’s tough to change your habits when you haven’t done something for so long. I don’t think it’s laziness. I always write things down instantly on Notes because I know I’ll forget it in less than a minute if I don’t. Yes, hopefully you’ll be able to get more consistent with writing.

      1. I’m old and set in my ways

  28. My problem is not procrastination, it’s memory. I jot things down as the pop into my head or I’ll forget 🤣.

    1. That happens to me too but I have a notebook with me always to write everything down 😂

  29. Procrastination is a part of me now 😂I struggle with it all day, every day *sigh* also, you had me hooked on the Jane Austen 😂nice one!

    1. Lol thanks! 😅Yessss, procrastination becomes a habit 😫

  30. Whenever in doubt remember the meme from Family Guy:

    Stewie: How you uh, how you comin’ on that novel you’re working on? Huh? Gotta a big, uh, big stack of papers there? Gotta, gotta nice little story you’re working on there? Your big novel you’ve been working on for three years? Huh? Gotta, gotta compelling protagonist? Yeah? Gotta obstacle for him to overcome? Huh? Little story brewing there? Working on, working on that for quite some time? Huh? Yeah, talking about that three years ago. Been working on that the whole time? Nice little narrative? Beginning, middle, and end? Some friends become enemies, some enemies become friends? At the end your main character is richer from the experience? Yeah? Yeah? No, no, you deserve some time off.

    1. That meme lives in my head rent free and not a day goes by when I’m not haunted by it 😂

      1. It hit different after I started writing as a hobby. I feel for Brian lol.

        1. I know, I like literally sympathise with Brian so much lol 😅

  31. To get over my procrastination, I try to make myself reminders on my calendar and it will ding when it is time for me to write, or do other things. Sometimes I will put my laptop beside my bed to remind me to write. Like tonight, I knew I wanted to post my message on TikTok, so I did it right after I ate, and before I started updating my web pages. I also shared it on my site with the link, and on Instagram and Facebook. Now, I have it out of the way. Sometimes I make myself a note on my notepads. That’s how I deal with it. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

    1. That’s a great way to set reminders. Glad it’s helping you stay productive. Thanks so much and have a great week too.

      1. You are most welcome.

  32. Your humor cracks me up sometimes. But yes, I procrastinate as well, so sometimes I have to have a talk with myself. Just recently I told myself that if I want to try and get this one story I wrote hopefully published in a magazine that I have to sit down and edit it. If I don’t do something time will go by again without doing anything. So that’s one good thing about writing down some short goals is that I made a note as to when I want to submit my story. And if I don’t get it done, then I’m disappointing myself. And that’s not good. So, write down small goals and push to achieve them.

    1. Thanks, glad you enjoy my humour. Yeah I think writing down goals helps for sure. From next month, I want to put some time aside daily to make sure I get some time to write.

  33. This is… relatable. lol

    1. Many of us writers suffer from this lol.

  34. Procrastinating over writer a book, and two more, is better than procrastinating “without knowing the reason”.
    So this is my learning from this post.

    Congratulations Pooj for getting featured.
    (Sorry Shazzy… I’m not reading your posts. I’m gold-medalist in procrastination. Lol.🤣🤣)

    1. over writing a book

    2. Lol thanks so much. Agreed, better to have too much to write than nothing at all 😅

  35. I love that comment about Jane Austen and TikTok!

    1. Lol thanks!

  36. I can definitely empathise with this! 🙂 A tough lesson I learned was not to trash any rough drafts too soon, when they’re binned they’re gone – even rewrites can have more sparks of inspiration for future use.
    Thanks for explaining it so good!

    1. That’s really a good idea, I always save drafts and sometimes they really come in handy when I go back to them. They can end up being really great. Thanks!

  37. I think realness can be a significant challenge, because once an idea has been expressed it can then be criticised. Perhaps for some it may be fear of failure. But distractions such as angry birds I am sure have a role to play too …

    1. Haha true, I do get distracted a lot too.

  38. Yes, writing about procrastination is a best way to move forward. Probably you are too critical of yourself. Sometimes when we are too critical, we feel that we are unable to take the plunge for fear of making mistakes and get judged. I guess a lot of writers have to rely on alcohol to relieve them from the icy social restraint. Otherwise they won’t be able to connect with their freedom-loving self. I don’t like any chemicals and I can’t drink. So I am relying on my anger against my narcissistic family to set me free… well… only to certain extent. LOL.

    1. Thanks so much. Yes, I think that’s a big part of why most writers procrastinate or choose to use substances. Lol anger can be a good fuel.

      1. Haha, I am still searching for something that can push me out of my dull existence so that I can write better. LOL. It is hard and probably I will never find it beyond chemical substances…

        1. Lol you never know. Maybe you’ll find something soon that will inspire you.

  39. Yes, I’m procrastinating to draw a dang picture of things I like. My procrastination is out of fear and panopticon. I literally constantly feel like there’s someone judging my art and preventing me from starting because I know it’s going to be bad or something’s going to happen, it’s irrational so I just embrace it’s my thought and it’s not real and I usually can draw again.

    Procrastination due to poor mental health just tells me that I need to focus on my mental health and stop focusing and thonking my head with more material.

    I’m sure your books will be great when you’re done, but that’s when you’re done. You don’t have to worry about that now, just the process.

    1. Yes, fear of judgement makes the issue with procrastination worse. I hope your mental health approves. Thank you so much.

  40. Freaking Trueee
    Many times i do lose an amazing ideas because of procrastination.

    1. Yeah it really happens.

  41. If someone says they have no problems with procrastination, I’d say they are lying! Whenever I have to do something which takes a lot of mental or physical energy, I find a million ways to excuse myself from doing it. No advice. Just commiserating.

    1. Haha I’m the same way. I always put things off till I absolutely need to do them.

  42. Fellow procrastinator! I get caught in this place between being meditative in life and letting things go, and writing down all of my ideas. I have anxiety that makes me have FOMO. It’s my personal problem but I’m learning a little better now (at 28) which ideas are important for me to hold onto and how to filter them better.

    I like to think that the important ideas I will not forget and the unimportant ones will slip. Who knows if that’s actually true, but for right now-my solution is to wait a few days to write it down. If I feel the thought start to slip, and I still think it’s important, I’ll write it someplace safe to return later.

    1. Yes, I have a similar issue. But my solution is to write everything down in the moment. If it still sounds like a good idea after a few days then I keep it otherwise I’ll get rid of it.

  43. I can’t imagine life without procrastination at this point haha! I just have to bring myself to do things in the moments as such. I value my nothing time too much 😅

    1. Lol same here, procrastination has really become a big part of my life right now! 😂

      1. And yet you still will yourself to post quality like this! That’s what I call a productive procrastinator 😁😅

        1. I like to wait till the last minute to complete the post and then the adrenaline kicks in lol 😂

          1. Oh I could never do that, I just wouldn’t bother at the last minute, the motivation’s gone by that point 😂 But at least it works for you 😅

            1. Lol yeah, it’s the only thing that gets me to stop procrastinating 😂

              1. It’s good to have something, even if it is basically stress 😅😂

                1. Lol true 😂

  44. I completely understand what you mean about procrastination… I started writing my blog series/ book in 2017 and it is still not finished despite me knowing how it ends (roughly)

    1. Yeah, I’ve been writing more but still tend to procrastinate. I’m pretty sure my book is going to take another decade or so for me to complete.

      1. I took my whole blog series down and am re releasing it in the hopes that I’ll have written the end by the time I get to the end of the scheduled posts 😂

        1. Lol, I wish you luck with that. Let me know when you’re done writing the end 😅

          1. Thank you 😁 I will (if my plan works!)

  45. It’s funny, I too gave myself a talking to at the start of this year. Enough is enough. Stop thinking the words and actually write them down. Publish at least one book by the end of this year. Why is it so god damn difficult?!

    1. It’s so insanely, I had a similar goal but doubt I’ll be done by the end of the year.

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