The fear of doing nothing

May 19, 2014

“Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.” – Alain de Botton

I will not be the first person to tell you that writers are inveterate procrastinators. Writing is a mentally taxing endeavor, and getting started is often the most difficult part.

But here’s how I know I’m a writer, and likely always will be – I get antsy when I don’t write. I write every day because that’s the best way I know to get things done, but it’s also because when I miss a day, I feel weird. The fear of doing nothing grows within me, until now when I can hardly take a day off. I’d rather work. Wouldn’t you, when your work is fun?

Cultivate this insanity. It’s natural to be afraid of letting your perfect idea out into the imperfect world, but far worse is the regret of doing nothing.

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By Stephen W. Gee

Author of Wage Slave Rebellion, Freelance Heroics, and about two good blog posts out of a hundred.


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    Nick Graham

    This was a very timely post for me. I’ve been feeling very antsy about my current WIP and this post has helped reassure me that for a writer this feeling is perfectly normal!

    I’ve been following this blog of yours for about a month or so now and I have to say I’m loving it more and more. Same goes for your reviews over on Random Curiosity! Keep up the great work and I hope to read more of your thoughts in the future!

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      Glad to hear it! I’m never sure if these posts are helping anybody, so I’m glad to hear a little good came of it. Though they’re as much therapy for me as anything else, so I’d probably just keep doing them anyway, heh. Such is the masochistic way of the writer!

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