When You Avoid Writing, Ask Yourself 1 Question

Meg Dowell Writes

I have a confession to make.

For the past month, I’ve kind of been … procrastinating.

This is not an unfamiliar habit. It’s something I’ve learned to work around instead of work through. It usually doesn’t impact my life too drastically.

Except lately, I’ve been staring at one unfinished project — and several I have yet to start — unable to fight the urge to turn and sprint in the opposite direction.

Again — not the end of the world. These are personal projects. No one’s waiting on me to get my act together. Which is exactly the problem.

I’m terrified to finish and start these things. There’s no denying that.

But when you come to a problem like this, you can’t just identify the emotional trenches separating you from your work and expect to build bridges to cross them.

You have to ask yourself a question that takes you…

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