I have a procrastination problem. And so now I am writing to procrastinate writing my paper. It’s funny how writing a paper for a specific prompt is so hard so I instead write about something else to distract myself. But if I just wrote about what I was supposed to be writing about the whole time instead of writing texts, emails, on people’s facebook walls, etc while wasting time maybe my papers would be done faster. And better. It is a vicious cycle. I think I have written more papers this semester than I ever have had to in 4 months of my life ever. And yet I always still procrastinate. You would think I would learn by now.
But so my question is: is procrastination part of the “writing process”? Is that allowed? I honestly feel as if I would not be able to write my papers or be considered a writer at all if I didn’t procrastinate somewhat. I would love to be one of those people who can write a little bit every night and then edit edit edit and still be done with the paper 2 days before it is due. But I can’t. My writing process is procrastinate research, do research, procrastinate writing, write, then edit. It is problematic yet so habitual.