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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126 thoughts on “The Writers Curse

    1. 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. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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 😉

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 😂😩

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.🤣🤣)

  23. 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!

  24. 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 …

  25. 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. 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…

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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 😅

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