Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Procrastination - we know all the theories, all of them coming from fear. Fear of success (which I still wonder if this actually exists), so mostly from fear of failure. You have to deal with the fear of what will happen after you send it out into the world later, that's a different entry, but for the fear of failure at the process, I'm about to change your life. Ready?

If you're procrastinating because you're afraid what you write will be terrible when it's done, you're right, it will be. And if you're NOT procrastinating, it will STILL be terrible. Either way. Know why? First drafts are terrible. Often times, second drafts are too.

So write, and take out the "what if it's terrible?" and replace it with the assurance that it WILL be terrible. Give yourself permission to write a real piece of sh*t, and then the process gets easier. Somehow just knowing, this will probably be bad, let's you have fun and not put so much pressure on yourself to be great. Because you can't be on your first (again usually 2nd, 3rd draft).

Just be bad, because at least, then you'll be writing.

And then fix it in post.

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