I read a column by Judy Christie, author and consultant, who writes inspirational fiction and nonfiction.She says that she noticed bestselling authors had something in common. Despite differences in genre, style, voice, settings, or characters, they developed a writing habit.
A writing habit, that’s the secret! (It’s not really a secret, most writers know this). I hate to admit it, but I am a procrastinator. Hello. My name is Claudia and I’m a procrastinator.Ms. Christie's experience, however, helped me rid of that sense of guilt I had. I am entitled to procrastinate as long as I don’t make it a habit.
This is what she had to say:After years of procrastination and fear, that lesson helped me write my first novel and five since.
When I flounder as a writer, it’s because I’m inconsistent with my daily writing discipline. When I produce my best stories, I rely on that basic lesson from the masters – words on the page.I’m almost embarrassed to admit that on my most rewarding and productive writing days, I use a kitchen timer, set for an hour at a time. I track how many hours I actually write — as opposed to time spent Tweeting, Facebooking or wandering around my friends’ blogs.
You’d think at age fifty-five I wouldn’t need such a trick, but, after all, it took me fifty years to write a novel.
Are you a procrastinator? Have you overcome this habit?