3 Reasons Writers Procrastinate (And How to Avoid it)

Many aspiring writers struggle with procrastination.

“I will write later, tomorrow, some other day” is a common excuse. But these excuses won’t help you get any writing done.

If you find yourself always putting off writing, it will help to know why you’re doing that. Here are some of the most common reasons.

REASON # 1 — Waiting for the perfect time.

It could be that you’re struggling to get the right time to start writing.

You’ve got a lot to do and finding the time to Write is hard.

Or you’re tired and all stressed out that you just want to head off to bed.

Well, truth is: there’s no such thing as a right time to do anything (writing inclusive), you must make time to do what you want to do.


If you keep waiting for the perfect time you probably won’t get any writing done and all those itching thoughts seeking liberation will die a slow sudden death. So sad!

Great people don’t wait for conditions to get perfect before they launch out — they start not minding situation.

Thus, the only solution is to write in spite of imperfect conditions.

Make the time whenever and wherever you can. Wake up earlier and write before your day begins or write in bits throughout your day — lunch breaks, bus.

REASON # 2 — Waiting for the perfect idea.

Aside waiting for the perfect time to Write, many people also procrastinate writing because they don’t know what to write about or they think their ideas aren’t good enough.

Inspiration doesn’t come to you — you go to it. Start out with any idea and you’d soon get into the best writing grove yet.

The truth is that the idea that you start out with isn’t so important. What matters is that you follow through with it and build it up.

However, if you’re short on ideas, you can always use a writing prompt or other ideation processes.

And if you’re not sure how to develop an idea into a great piece, you can find help here: http://amosonwrites.com/writing-process/

REASON #3 — Fear of failing.

It could be that you Procrastinate writing because you are afraid you’d fail at it.

This is by far the most popular reason people shy away from writing. Even though it’s commonplace, most people fail to admit it.

Many people avoid writing because they’re afraid of not being good enough.

But the only way to become a good writer is by writing! You only get better by practicing. So if you avoid writing, you’ll never get there.

Even if you’re already a good writer, often the only way to write something good is to start with a shitty first draft.

So free yourself, write badly and get better along the way. Once you stop being afraid of it, writing suddenly becomes a lot more fun. And you get to achieve better creative flow too.

Ending Notes

Waiting is attractive and easy but it is easily converted to procrastination.

There’s no perfect time, place or situation for writing. All you have to do is write no matter what.

You can’t wait for inspiration either. In the words of Jack London:

“. . . you have to go after it with a club.”

So break the wait, write now — the world is anxious to read your thoughts.

Originally published at Amoson Writes.