“It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.” (Jerome K. Jerome)
If you think about it for a moment, you’ll realize that’s probably true. However, I tend to be in an opposite camp. After “idling”, I’m more apt to feel guilt than any type of pleasure.
But that begs the question of why is it so easy to put things off — to do one thing, when you’re supposed to be doing other things? Is it merely a lack of self-discipline, or is there something of greater depth involved?
In my case, I believe my procrastinatin is due, in large, to the fear of failure. I don’t want to make the same mistakes with this story as I did the last. I want this story to be just as good … no, better than the previous one. But when you’re the writer, it isn’t easy to judge your own work. Some days everything is good — other days it stinks. A lot depends on your mood.
The bottom line — I need to write. I need to stay away from Facebook and Farkle and Super Poke Pets and do what I do best — tell another story. Only then will I, personally, be able to ‘idle’ with some peace of mind.