Hello, readers and bloggers. Let’s get right to it, shall we?
Thursday’s #StoryDam chat on Twitter was great. It was about the writing process and how procrastination fits into it. Procrastination, as it ties to the writing process, is a result of putting off what we like least about the writing process. For me, the least thing I like about the writing process is reading critiques from other writers, which leads to more drafting. Now, being a writer, it is my mission to be the best I can be. And that means submitting work to beta readers and critique partners. I will say that it is rare that I received a critique that totally bashed my work. The critiques are well-balanced, highlighting the good and bad. But I’m one of those people who take critiques too seriously; like they’re attacking my abilities.
(Side note: taking critique harshly is not just a writing thing with me.)
As such, when someone highlights the bad more than the good, I shut down. I find reasons to put off writing the next draft. Hence, the procrastination. I say that I don’t have the energy to write. Or, I need to let the writing sit for a few days. Nothing wrong with letting your writing settle for a few days, but those few days can turn into weeks, then months, and so on.
But, this is exactly what I signed up for. I have to take in the bad as well as the good. But the mistake I make is looking at the bad parts as an attack on my writing ability. Rather, I need to look at them as ways to improve the project I’m working on. I know this sounds rudimentary, but I imagine I’m not the only one who struggles with critiques and ego. Writers who get a bad review must struggle with having their ego deflated, thus halting any project they’re working on. All because of one bad review. Quite fascinating.
The point is just because we get a critique that highlights the negative or we receive a bad review, it shouldn’t stop us from writing. It certainly shouldn’t use them as an excuse to procrastinate. Yes, we need a moment to take in those critiques, but we need to look at them through different lenses. I know I do.
What about you? What’s your least favorite thing about the writing process? Do you struggle with procrastination?