3 Ways Authors Procrastinate

We know it. There are memes on it. There are Pinterest boards on it.


Like big time. Why do you think I’m writing this blog post? Yep. It’s because I’m avoiding editing my book.

You may have expected this post to have a “How to Fix It” section but I’m not ready for that sort of commitment. After all, the first step to fixing the problem is admitting you have a problem. So yes, okay, I admit it. (You should too if you’re on your duff, reading this post, and not writing your book.)

But since you’re here, you might as well finish the blog post.

I’ll dive right in. What are the main ways that we, authors, procrastinate and put off writing/editing?

     1. Pointless Scrolling Through Pinterest

Admit it. As much as we like to pass it off as “character inspiration,” (which has its own place) we are more often than not, stuck looking at pictures of guys and dolls(get my reference?) and then going off on rabbit trails until we’re looking at pictures off fall wishing that it was autumn once again. Or is that just me? Hmm… Either way, if I even open Pinterest, I go down a long, dark path of distraction. No fixes for this problem yet. If you have suggestions hit. me. up.

     2. Pointless Scrolling Through Instagram/Facebook/Any Social Media

Basically the same problem with Pinterest BUT I can set a time limit on the app and my tablet will be like “Yo, time’s up” and kick me off the app. It’s great.

     3. Endless Blog Scrolling

What starts off as helpful can easily turn into wasted time. Looking up how to better introduce your antagonist, or to thicken your plot, or create a perfectly imperfect characters is all good and well, but watch out for the dangers of endless blog scrolling and “oh this looks helpful!” when actually it’s an article on fantasy books and you’re writing a historical novel. There is a point where it is harmful instead of helpful. This is not to say reading blogs is not good *wink wink* because obviously learning from others and their triumphs/defeats is very valuable. But too much of anything can turn into a not good thing(aka bad thing).


All of the above are not bad in and of themselves and I’m not going to point fingers at you if you do any of these procrastination techniques. Because I’m gonna be honest and let you know that I do the same. (However, instead of simply reading blogs, I also write blog posts. So…whoopsie.)

Anyway, let me know if there is anything I should add to the list. 😉 Maybe someday I’ll propose a solution to some of these, eh?


Linh Nguyen