One of the things that’s always been a source of my procrastination, is the idea that my writing isn’t great; therefore, I’m overly-critical of any one to three sentences I start writing. I get so caught up in crafting a masterpiece that I forget the fact that I’m writing and have the ability to revise. I think that a major turning point for a lot of people when it comes to writing or really any endeavor in life is when you realize that you have a license and a right to get it completely wrong the first time. When you think about it, how many people who try something for the first time, succeed at it for the first time? Probably not a lot. The secret to great writing is to just push through and allow yourself to write possibly complete garbage the first time. Procrastination is brought about by a series of factors, but I definitely feel like fear is at the top of that list. You realize that once you pass that mental block, procrastination isn’t as much of an issue anymore. Once you start writing, you keep writing and whether it’s good or bad, you’re acting rather than over-thinking.
For those who don’t know, one of my other blogs, Irrational Health, is actually a complement/promotional tool for a book that I’m writing by the same name. It’s a book that’s about modern psychological fallacies that stem from irrationalities and irrational thinking. That aside (shameless plug), there are days when I’m writing either a blog post or the actual book and I think to myself, this is terrible and why would anyone actually read this. It really takes passion combined with courage in order to push through and give myself the ability to fumble this for a few days to hopefully get it right later. That’s the thing. Why be so afraid to get something wrong when no one’s even aware that you’ve gotten it wrong? The several drafts that I go through are only visible to me so when all is said and done, I’ll be the one to look back at all of this work and realize that it took that courage in order to take some mediocre or good stuff and make it great. The secret to great writing is to just write. The secret to success is to just push. It’s one and the same. It’s simple and yet, you’d be surprised how often simplicity gets obfuscated.