I have been struggling with blank page syndrome. I have tons of ideas about what I want to write about, and then when I sit down to do it, the blank page is staring at me. I cannot seem to get started. When I do finally start something, I don’t like it and don’t finish it.
One of the suggestions I have seen to overcome writer’s block is to write every day. You may remember that my last post was about my plan for the new year of getting up earlier so I would have time to do that. Time management has never been my strong suit. I am a procrastinator. I could never get my work done in college until right before it was due, which resulted in a plethora of all-nighters. I once heard that the South Park guys are also huge procrastinators and that they are sometimes finishing a show minutes before it is supposed to air. When they tried to create their show earlier, with time to spare, the material just wasn’t as good. So they went back to procrastinating.
I feel the same way. It is much harder to produce without the pressure of a deadline. Turns out, a scientific study, discussed in this fascinating article in the NYTimes, showed that procrastinating increases creativity. So it’s not just me.