Dear Fiction Writer
Do you procrastinate? Do you find yourself setting writing goals and end up prioritising everything else in your life?
Over many years, I’ve heard writers say they’d rather do anything than sit down at their desks and write. When a deadline looms, or when a unique and compelling story idea arises, suddenly you notice those dirty crevices in the fridge door that are crying out to be cleaned. Or you look up that old friend you haven’t spoken to in years and phone for an hour-long chat. Or you go shopping. Or watch telly. Or eat.
Writers who don’t procrastinate appear to be a rare breed.
But how does procrastination affect how you feel about yourself, your thoughts on your chances of success, and your attitude to life? This is what Alison Manning wants to discover.
Alison is behind the website A Mind of One’s Own, and may already be known to you for her work with writers, including award-winning author, Charlotte Wood. She is also doing research for an Honours (Psychology) project with Charles Sturt University on fiction writers and procrastination – and she needs your help.
Please consider spending 10-12 minutes of your time to fill out this survey on fiction writers and procrastination. Or, if you’re not a fiction writer but know someone who is, perhaps you could forward the link?
Who will click on the link and complete the survey: the procrastinators looking to divert themselves from their writing projects or the ones who rarely procrastinate? What do you think?