Discussion: Do You Procrastinate Because You Don’t Like Your Writing?

By Jennifer Blanchard

While doing some research for a blog post I was working on, I came across an article about procrastination that said something I haven’t read anywhere else (so far, anyways).

The article said people often procrastinate on their writing because they don’t want to re-read what they’ve written; they hate writing a first draft, because then they’re forced to evaluate it in all its imperfection.

This thought, at first, seemed ludicrous–How could someone hate re-reading their own writing?

The more I thought about it, though, the more it started to make sense.

Since many writers lack confidence in themselves and their writing, it makes sense that they would avoid writing as a way of not being forced to re-read what they perceive to be a horrible first draft.

But rather than draw a conclusion on my own, I thought I’d ask you for your thoughts.

So, Procrastinating Writers–what do you think? Do you procrastinate because you don’t want to be forced to re-read your writing? Do you hate to read your first drafts? Why or why not?

Please share your thoughts…the mics all yours…

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is founder of Procrastinating Writers. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.


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