Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for Procrastination - A-Z Writing Challenge

P is for Procrastination in the 2012 A-Z Writing Challenge.

Are you a procrastinator -- putting off, today, what could have been an easy task to another day that turns into a frenzied nightmare of catch-up?  As a writer, I'm often asked how I'm able to come up with ideas for my blog. Frankly, I've never thought about it, the process, you know, other than letting my subconscious feed me from the beautifully honed words of others that come from my deep love of reading. My Career Day opening line is always, "Who loves homework?"  That's when I tell them the truth, that writing is non-stop homework and what they'll be doing for the rest of their lives. So, they better love it. You can actually see a career change in their eyes -- except, for that one guy in the back, focused on my every word. This guy wants to write.
But, it's important to understand that writers, just as anyone else, have to deal with their own patterns of procrastinating. Some need inspiration  and do it by mingling with the public.

Others find that quiet contemplation is what helps them discover where their Muse has fled and whether or not they're up to the deadline task, after all.

And, then, we have the writer who believes in letting the mind flow without editing. 

Finding the right tablet can help the procrastinator buckle down to the job.

Amarna letter Pictures, Images and Photos

While others find their confidence in other ways.

Sometimes, one procrastinates by tidying up that desk full of inspirational notes.

And, some of us need pretty intense outlines before we can finish the job.

Outside events can also occur and procratination isn't the problem; it's a side effect.

And, then, there's that time of year when we wait to the last minute to pay the piper -- even, with the extra two days, this year! My guess is, I'm not alone, here.


Yes, I'm a procrastinator (head hanging low) and wasn't ready for the P in the Challenge, resulting in this pictorial journey.  But, then, it all came together!

Thank Q!

For those of you who have just happened upon this page, do yourself a favor and check out a group of fantastic bloggers. You're bound to find someone you might like to follow. Don't forget to leave some loving comments and spread the word. It could even inspire you to think about joining next year's Challenge, yourself!


  1. Snap! We're both procrastinators! I'm pretty sure we're a big club.

  2. Should have returned your comment, sooner, Stephanie, but I, uh, kept putting it off and, then, time just got away from me! Thanks for stopping by. Come back, soon.