My name is Shanan, and I’m a writer with a problem. I do more procrastinating than writing, more “research” than writing, more brainstorming than writing and finally, more agonizing over the fact that I haven’t written anything than – you guessed it – actually writing.

But I have a feeling I’m not the only one with this particular botheration. You might be here because you’re looking for stuff to inspire you to write, or to find commiseration from a fellow traveler who, like you, struggles every day with what writerly activities I should be doing versus what I actually did. If so, you’re in the right place!

Or maybe you’re a super-productive writer, a prolific blogger, a NaNoWriMo ninja and are steadily climbing the literary ladder. Maybe you’re only on The Procrastiwriter because you’re taking a bit of scheduled mental downtime before leaping into your next big project. If so, I salute you, and I’d love to learn how you do what you do! (Seriously, how do you do it? If you feel like sharing your secret to proliferousness, email me at shanan@theprocrastiwriter.com and I’ll feature your greatness on the blog.)

About me: I’m a business writer working part-time in an in-hospital healthcare marketing department in Connecticut, and staying home with a toddler. I’m living the WAHM (work-at-home-mom) life. And like just about everyone, I have to get creative to find the time to write.

The Procrastiwriter is about how to fit your writing in around a full-time life. It can be done, or so I’m told. Read on to find out if it’s true.


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  • Joe Rathjen

    Well, I guess being divorced now helps. I don’t have that immediate distraction anymore and my kids are all married and out the door.

    But seriously, I’m a pretty nervy guy (I tend to dive right in like the conqueror who’s not afraid to take over the world).

    For instance, I went looking in the “Writer’s Marketplace 2013” looking for one magazine that pays the most for articles. That was “Travel and Leisure”. They pay $4,000 to $6,000 an article. I figure if I’m going to spend time writing a query letter why not go for the gold right off the bat. That’s how I got inspired. So off it went a few days ago.

    I’m writing an Opinion Column for two social media websites. I’m never at a loss for inspiration or topics, because of all the weirdos and chaotic things going on in the world. And I love politics. And there’s so much of it. I find my inspiration in news reports each morning. Not wanting to be a reporter, I decided to mix humor with politics. Believe me, they can give me inspiration on my dullest day.

    Okay, I’ll go now. I like your site. Let’s chat sometime. Bye..

  • Pax Bennett

    Guess I should get back to writing now, but I’m so glad I found your site! Thanks for the focus I’m about to get back to… 🙂

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  • http://ratrout128.wix.com/the-punching-bag Richard R. Binkele

    Wow! Glad I found you. I’m a former corporate writer (Wall Street) now retired and I just self-published my first novel. The problem is What Now?! I must have started half a dozen projects since October only to drop them because I lost interest. Instead of writing I prefer to play Hidden Object games. Arrrrrrgh! Anyway, I’ve got a feeling I’ll find some advice, or at least some solace, on your blog.

  • Cate Macabe

    Thank you for your consistent motivation and encouragement. I’m a major procrastinator and I can use all the help I can get. Because of the difference you’ve made in my writing life, I nominated you for the 7-in-1 Award — a collection of 7 shiny blogging awards all rolled into one. If you’re interested in checking out my post where you’re mentioned, please go to http://thisnewmountain.com/2014/03/07/7-in-1-award-nomination/. Thank you!

  • http://feedspot.com/ Anuj Agarwal

    Hi Shanan,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog THE PROCRASTIWRITER has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Writing blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of top writing blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this!


  • Tim Raveling

    Hi there! My name’s Tim Raveling, and I’m the cofounder of the New Orleans Writers Residency. We’ve just announced our inaugural residency (airfare paid + a stipend!) and I thought that it might be something you and your readers might be interested in.

    Basically, 6 winning applicants will spend July 10 – August 7th in New Orleans focusing on their writing in an historic shotgun just outside the French Quarter. The retreat will cover airfare up to $500, and include a stipend of $200 per week to cover food and entertainment. During those four weeks, writers will build lifelong connections with other writers, and will have the opportunity to receive in-depth personal mentoring in everything from writing routines to the details of your craft. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2017. Writers can apply at our website: http://neworleanswritersresidency.org. You can also follow us on Twitter at @nolaresidency.

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