A Delayed Process

One of Scrutiny‘s past contributors, Quentin Norris, sent a tweet about distraction and procrastination a few days ago and it got me thinking about the writing process. Specifically, how much of writing is not writing? How often is writing happening when we aren’t putting a single word down on the page?

Some people would say or think that if you don’t amass some kind of word count each day then you’re not succeeding. But are they right?

I’ve spent a few years writing more than an hour per day and that’s after working a day job and just keeping up with life (sound familiar?). So, I value wordcount but I also see something in letting things stew.

I’ve written every day, right? Well, sometimes I’ve felt that some of what I’ve written is less impressive than what I produced the previous day. Here’s my question: Are there times when the process of writing should include a little block or even a dry spell?

Does it mean a breakthrough is around the corner? A delayed process? Or is it just procrastination? Maybe it’s a little bit of both. And maybe I should be happy with any writing day even if it is bad.

Justin Meckes

P.S. Read Quentin’s “Heart of Gold.”

Photo by Rodion Kutsaev