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Boldly barren: Procrastination has its merits


Procrastination is one of the biggest hurdles faced by well-meaning writers. Or is it?


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I recently kept track via my Instagram account of all the times I had stepped away from my computer and left my writing behind.

Read: Procrastination tips for well-meaning writers

With my words suspended, dangling in the breezes and fresh air that I sought, I found that each of my wanderings led to something really productive in my writing.

A brisk walk in the middle of the day meant to escape my desk led me to this story: When writing, lift your eyes to the world

A day of baking and holiday memory-making inspired this piece: ‘Tis the season to be melancholy

And a drive in search of diversion and some Southern California snow jump-started my mind to thinking about this blog: Writer’s block: Are you stalled or speeding ahead?

Finally, a day spent cleaning out my office desk and rummaging through old rejection letters led me here: Reflect on rejection: 4 reasons your work is overlooked

Ultimately, I have found that every time I walked away from my computer, thinking myself bereft of ideas and short on inspiration, the mere act of living brought me back to the page.

Is procrastination holding you back from being a productive writer today? What is your favorite getaway task? Visiting family? Lunch with a friend? Cleaning out a closet? Taking in a show?

Whatever it is, strive to see the narrative value in what you are doing and make the procrastination habit work in your favor and not against you.

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at and founder of Breeze Media & Communications. Learn more about her at

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2 thoughts on “Boldly barren: Procrastination has its merits

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