This week, at my job, I started the task of teaching 17 year olds how to write a thesis statement. Now granted, they have been learning how to write thesis statements since at least middle school if not sooner, but as soon as I tell them they need to write one, you would naturally think they were being attacked by Darth Vader, Voldemort and Satan - at the same time.
Sure, we would all like to think we are more mature than that, but let's be honest. There are LOTS of things adults have to do, and sometimes even more than writers have to do, that make us want to just whine. And sigh. And roll our eyes. Sometimes all at once.
However, most of the students at least *try* to write a thesis because they care about their grade, and I tell them they will never have success in college if they can't. So we need to do the same.
And as of the timing of this post, there isn't a computer that can re-arrange words from the way they are in our heads to the screen automatically. Could change in five minutes, but somehow I just don't think so.
So, write down all the things you need to do with your WIP - yup, even the hard ones. Find that inspirational music. And, if you are like me, that calorie infused inspiration (mmm....chocolate covered cinnamon bears). Because the desire to procrastinate the hard stuff doesn't get easier just because it sits there longer. It's not like meat in a marinade.
It's like meat on the counter.
In the summer.
And your A/C just broke.
You have to act now or the maggots will show up.
What are the hard things about writing that you put off? What have you done to fight the procrastination villain?