View single post by singsational_playwright
 Posted: Wed Apr 14th, 2010 12:47 pm
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Joined: Mon Oct 8th, 2007
Location: Fort Worth, Texas USA
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I used to have a terrible problem with procrastination when it came to writing. I loved writing and wanted nothing more than to write regularly. But there were so many distractions at home that every time I sat down to write something would pull me out of my chair and I would let another day go by without writing anything. This is why it took 15 YEARS for me to finish writing 2 plays. I didn't have any self discipline when it came to writing and I was always in the throes of procrastination.

Now I have a system. I got to a bookstore as often as possible and sit in their cafe for at least 4 hours each session and write. I go there 3-4 times a week. Sometimes I'm there 5 times a week, and sometimes I'm there for 8 hours instead of 4. For some reason writing in the cafe in the bookstore helps me focus. I think going there to write makes me feel like writing is a job, not just a hobby that will never lead to anything. Writing is my job. I am taking it a lot more seriously now that I have a table in that cafe waiting for me each day.

I don't wait for inspiration when I get to the bookstore. I write. If I don't have a particular play I'm working on I go and do playwriting exercises. When I do have a play to finish, I do a writing exercise to warm up, and then work on my play.

I look forward to my writing time at the bookstore. I don't have to worry about my husband, the household chores, the pets, or answering the phone when I am at the bookstore. I keep my iPhone in airplane mode at the bookstore so no one can disturb my work. Procrastination is not a problem at the bookstore. If only I'd thought of this system years ago, think of the body of work I could have had finished. No matter, I'm working to that end now.