Avoidance and Writing: The Roberta Mickel Method

Procrastination and writing… How can something so pleasurable be equally dreaded? Read on for tips on how one writer used her mother’s cleaning list to become more productive.

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zz-040By Judith Sornberger

You would not believe how many things I’ve done today to avoid beginning this essay. (Except, if you’re a writer, you probably would.) I say writing means more to me than just about anything, but I would do almost anything some days to postpone putting pen to paper (including going shopping for a new, magic pen), especially when it comes to breaking the ice on a new writing project. This morning, for instance, I called a friend to commiserate on how little we’ve been writing. Then I scrubbed a pan that had soaked overnight in the sink, grocery shopped, stopped in at my local bookstore to check on a book I’d ordered (knowing full well it couldn’t have arrived yet) and, of course, had to browse. Then I went through my closet, wondering if it might be time to donate everything below size sixteen, my current size, which…

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6 thoughts on “Avoidance and Writing: The Roberta Mickel Method

  1. cleemckenzie March 6, 2017 / 11:14 am

    I’m never sure why I procrastinate, but I do. Maybe it’s the fear that I won’t be able to put down the words the way I want them. Once I’m started, I’m fine. It’s getting my motor running that’s the hardest part. So glad Ms. Sornberger shares the same affliction. Not being alone is a comfort.

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    • Erin March 6, 2017 / 11:45 am

      I think you nailed it: it’s the fear of not being able to capture what’s in my imagination and translate it onto paper. But it’s very reassuring to know that we’re not alone with our procrastination. Enjoy the rest of your writing week (no procrastination allowed!)!

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  2. Deborah Dick March 6, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Exactly how it is. Many times, once I begin the task, my mind springs into creative action and my hesitation evaporates.

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    • Erin March 6, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks, Debbie, for stopping by! And you’re so right: if I can push past the procrastination, usually the creativity will take over. Have a wonderful week!


  3. jsornber April 14, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    So fun to discover my piece on procrastination reprinted in your blog!

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    • Erin April 14, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks! I was very happy to share your words of wisdom! Best of luck with all your projects (and here’s to more writing and less procrastinating for all of us!)

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