15 Ways Every Writer Procrastinates When They’re Feeling Uninspired

15 Ways Every Writer Procrastinates When They’re Feeling Uninspired

Most of us are hard at work, day in and day out, honing and perfecting the art of the written word.

Something else many of us have perfected? The art of procrastination.

You know the feeling. It’s time to sit down to work on your novel, publish that blog post or draft an article for a client, and all of a sudden you can think of a thousand other things you’d rather do besides writing.

Despite your love of writing, tasks like laundry, washing the dishes, snacking and Netflix-bingeing all sound extremely appealing.

Procrastination. It always strikes at the most inopportune time.

We took to social media to ask writers their favorite way to procrastinate their craft. Here’s what they had to say.

1. You decide it’s the perfect time to do a deep clean of your house or apartment. Dishes, laundry, dusting — the works!

2. Just one more episode of this British drama on Netflix. (And please don’t ask me, “Are you still watching?”)

3. Procrastisnacking!

4. You stare at a blank document for a while.

5. You take a nap.

6. Purrcatstinating. (Yeah, we went there.)

7. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube. All day, every day.

9. You shop online. Amazon Prime, man. Gets you every time.

9. You read. Everyone needs to read more to be a better writer, right?

10. You play video games for “research” purposes.

11. MORE COFFEE, PLEASE.

12. You brainstorm.

13. Must. Achieve. Inbox. Zero.

14. You panic for a bit.

15. You actually start writing.

In all seriousness, if you’re struggling with procrastination, check out these five foolproof methods to stop procrastinating and start writing now!

Okay, procrastinate a little bit longer and help us add to this list in the comments. How do YOU procrastinate writing?

Thank you to members of the and Facebook communities for contributing to this post!

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24 comments

  • ohita says:

    Thanks, Jessica for this interesting post. I particularly enjoyed the photos. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words. I like how you beautifully illustrated these various ways we procrastinate. Then you went ahead to direct us to the post on practical ways to beat procrastination.

    I tend to procrastinate by reading ,researching and spring cleaning the house more than any of the other ways. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m confident that I will win over all of these and become a published and renowned author some day. I take one day at a time and I record progress and celebrate myself.

    One thing I never fail to do is pray. God helping me, I will get there.

  • Michael Fletcher says:

    Seriously? This is cute but you reference British drama with a picture of Frank Underwood?

  • newton says:

    Hello jessica, i tell myself i need to read more books to get ideas, and end up not reading

  • Hi Jessica,

    Love the use of GIFs to get the point across. Several of these rang true for me. Especially the coffee breaks. Eventually, I get down the writing more often than not!

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  • AJ Llewellyn says:

    Oh boy you have me pegged. How did you get into my house? You must be watching me. I’ve been doing all these things all week. Excuse me. I have two episodes of Marcella left to watch!

  • Linda H says:

    Guilty on many counts. But my new word is Purrcatstination. With 3 cats, that’s spot on. Excuse me I have to go have dinner, then binge watch some Jesse Stone movies. LOL. I’ll put some remedies in place tonight to get started early tomorrow and no longer procrastinate.

  • Susan Feerman says:

    Ooo, looks soooo familiar)

  • Sally Carpenter says:

    Lots of purrcrastination at my house. Must stop and pet the cats or they’ll tear down the screen door to get inside.

  • Wendy says:

    Hmm, this document is taking a while to open/I better clear out my hard drive so the computer’s got room to handle my book (I do a lot of graphic-heavy works) . . . I’ll just have a game of Spider . . .gosh darn it! That didn’t work. I’ll try again . . .

  • Kit Walker says:

    Personally my preferred method of procrastination is to get working on my crafts. I love to knit, sew and have added quilting to the mix. Just one more row, one more section and then I will get onto what I should be doing. Of course it is easier to do all this when I am watching one of my favorite series on DVD. Then you just keep on going with the crafts because there is another hour of the series that is just too interesting.

    You have pegged some of the ideas so very well. I can see myself and know that I need to reform some of my personal habits that are not helping me get into the world of freelance writing successfully.

  • Kyle Connor says:

    Haha. I can so much relate to 2, 4, 7, 10, and 14 Jess. How many of them have you been through?

  • Sarah Jay says:

    Awesome article! Thank you so much for share it.

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