after a couple of really hectic days filled with brainstorming and frantic writing. Not quite as frantic as her, but pretty exhausting just the same.
They say that procrastination is a bad practice, but sometimes it’s necessary.
And sometimes it’s the best tool a writer has.
I have several steady clients who give me assignments at the beginning of the month, along with dates for when the projects are due. Usually I have all the assignments by the 5th and the due dates are scattered throughout the month, so as long as I put everything on my calendar, I can manage my time and workload.
Well, I don’t know if February being a short month threw stuff off or what, but I ended up not getting my assignments until 8th, with THREE sizable projects all due within 2 days of each other. To put a number on it, 12 articles, ranging from 400 words up to 1,000 each.
And I had two weeks, one day to complete them.
So I started tackling the smaller ones first, and as ideas came to me for the larger articles, I’d jot them down. Once the smaller articles were done, I moved on to the mid-sized articles. These went a little quicker because unlike the smaller ones, these weren’t as research intensive, mainly because I had the research readily available.
Knocked those articles out and I still had a week left before everything was due. I was proud of myself, I could now focus on the big ones.
The LARGE articles…
And I was fresh out of ideas.
I researched, I brainstormed, I doodled. I drew words from a hat. I re-read old articles.
Days passed — still nothing.
Finally, two days before the due date, I started getting ideas.
The day before they were due, I had the outlines. But I still had to fill in the blanks.
Yeah — wasn’t happening.
Back to doodling, brainstorming and mumbling to myself.
The due date arrived. I had no choice — I just started writing.
Finally, I pounded out a lot of articles in about 10 hours.
But I wasn’t thrilled. I was sure I had written total crap and the client was going to hate every.single. one.
The next day, I got an email from the client.
“As usual, your submissions were spot on and perfect for what we needed.”
Okay, then! 🙂
I wasn’t trying to wait until the last minute to write those articles. Matter of fact, I did everything in my power to clear the path for them. But try as I might, I could not get those words to flow. Inspiration did not strike until it absolutely had to.
I guess, sometimes procrastination knows best. *shrug*