Wednesday, July 5, 2017

IWSG: The Perils of Procrastination...

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a community of writers who share ideas and encourage other writers. It's a great place to express doubts and concerns as well as offer and receive tribulations and guidance from other writers. IWSG posts the first Wednesday of every month. I think you'll find it to be a great writer's resource that's well worth your time. Be sure to stop by and visit with some of the other IWSG writers/bloggers at IWSG Members.

A great big thank you to July's awesome co-hosts:

July's dog days of summer are making their presence known in the south.  Temperatures are rising and the humidity is showing no mercy.  How hot is it?  Sweat-dripping-hot even when sitting in the shade sipping a glass of iced sweet tea.  And it's just started.  Busy time of year around here with a lot of gardening, canning, and freezing going on.  It really cuts into this girl's writing (and reading) time and brings to mind this month's IWSG question:  What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing? 

There are so many things I could say here, but a valuable lesson I've learned the "hard way" and the one that has been driven home to me time and time again is "don't
procrastinate!"  The time to write is now, not later.  Don't assume you have tomorrow.  I can't count the times I've been caught unprepared the night before a deadline and found myself in the middle of a full-fledged, deer-in-the-headlight panic attack and the resulting late night writing push to get everything done.  I wish I could say it never happens anymore, and I'm always prepared but let's face it . . . life happens.  What I can say is I've lived with the perils of procrastination a few times too many and will do whatever it takes to avoid them in the future.  Lesson learned:  Don't put off until an illusive "tomorrow" what I should be writing "today".

So - are you a procrastinator?  Or are you one of the envied ones . . . always prepared with posts ahead of time?  If so, please share any tips, hints, or advice on how you manage it all with everything else life throws at you.


Pat Hatt said...

Very true, even though we may think it, we don't always have tomorrow. Why I always go by get it done and then procrastinate, if I wish to do so.

Sandra Hoover said...

You never know what will come up "tomorrow" - if you write it "today", it's done. Thanks for hosting this month, Pat!

Chrys Fey said...

I sure can procrastinate. I do my best not to, but it still happens. *sigh* Luckily, I don't usually have deadlines. Only my own deadlines.

Sandra Hoover said...

I'm working on it. It's so easy to put off writing posts, etc. Even for something like this month's IWSG article. I'd like to think I've learned a lesson. Thanks for stopping by, Chrys.

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