Why Do We Procrastinate About Writing When We Love to Write?

Why Do We Procrastinate About Writing When We Love to Write?

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I love writing. 

When I’m writing, I feel truly myself. Sometimes I lose track of time. I can immerse myself in whatever I’m creating – a story, a blog post, even simply an email – and it’s a wonderful feeling.

And yet, sometimes, just getting started on writing feels like a huge effort. If I’ve taken a break from my novel-in-progress, or if I’m mulling over ideas for a new short story, actually sitting down and getting words onto the page can feel almost impossible.

Perhaps it’s the same for you. I know it is for a lot of writers. We have a tendency to procrastinate: to put off sitting down to write, or to get started, write a sentence or two, then immediately look for something else to do.

That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with us – or with the writing. This kind of procrastination is completely normal.

Let’s take a look at why, before turning to some ideas for pushing past procrastination and spending more time writing.

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Summer 2022: The Year So Far … and What’s To Come

Summer 2022: The Year So Far … and What’s To Come

Hello! 

I know it’s been a bit quiet here on the Aliventures blog in recent months. 

I wanted to take a bit of time to tell you what I’ve been up to – and what’s coming up over the next few months.

Freelancing: It’s Going REALLY Well 🙂

I’ve not been blogging here much (or writing much fiction) but I’ve been writing a lot. My freelance work has been going fantastically during 2022. I think this is my most exciting freelancing year since the thrill of first starting full-time freelancing in summer 2008!

May 2022 was my highest income month to date from freelancing … and June beat that by quite a bit, making it my highest income month ever. (Beating even December 2020, when I was writing full-time for Awesome Motive and also got a Christmas bonus!)

During 2022, almost all my freelancing has been during school hours – usually, a total of no more than 20 hours per week, and often less. 

I had a pretty ambitious income goal for this year, given that my working time is quite limited and I take a lot of time off during the kids’ school breaks, so I’m thrilled to be on track for that.

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About

I’m Ali Luke, and I live in Leeds in the UK with my husband and two children. Aliventures is where I help you master the art, craft and business of writing.

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Can You Call Yourself a “Writer” if You’re Not Currently Writing? 

The Three Stages of Editing (and Nine Handy Do-it-Yourself Tips)

What to Do When Your Writing Goals Seem a Long Way Off

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My Novels

My contemporary fantasy trilogy is available from Amazon. The books follow on from one another, so read Lycopolis before the others.

You can buy or sample them on your local Amazon, or read all three FREE in Kindle Unlimited.

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