“Someday Syndrome: not doing what you want to because you don’t know what it is, because you’re procrastinating about it, or because you have too much stuff getting in your way.”
When it comes to working on my novel(s) and getting the first draft(s) done, I am most guilty of the third excuse – ‘there is too much stuff getting in my way’. Be it work (almost all of the time it’s work), life, or just plain needing to take some time to relax before I explode, there always seems to be something else that needs to take up my time. Then, when I go to bed at night, I’m too exhausted to write.
I mention this list specifically because it’s not just about one thing – you can apply it to anything. In looking at it from a writer’s point of view, I think the best piece of advice in the list is ‘6. Ignore the rest’.
It is so incredibly easy to become overwhelmed with writing when you think about how long your story might turn out to be, how much editing it will need, who you will be able to market it to, and will it get published at all? There are a lot of steps, a lot of things to worry about and way too much time that should be spent writing is instead focused on worry.
Take a look at the list and see how you can apply it to your life. Don’t keep pushing off writing and possible publication to ‘someday’.