(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot)
Short entry tonight, because I’m about to fall asleep…
Okay, I admit it. At 11:38 pm on 4/15, I was in my car, in line, at the post office, waiting to mail an envelope. No, not my tax return. An extension. Yes, I’m a procrastinator.
Although to be fair, I probably would have gotten it done during one of the weekends between the middle of March and now, if I hadn’t been sick enough to sleep through all of those weekends.
When it comes to writing deadlines, I procrastinate on those, too. I was late with an article for work recently, but after two weeks of staring at the data, inspiration failed to strike. I finally stared long and hard enough that I found my story, but it was a challenge.
On the other hand, I have had good luck with “speed editing.” Seems like the longer I take to think about it, the harder editing is. So in that case, procrastination actually helps.
How do others deal with writing and procrastination? Do deadlines help or hinder you?