“…the scholar’s greatest weakness: calling hesitation research.”
Change “hesitation” to “procrastination” and he could have been speaking about writers. When it comes to procrastination, no one has more names for it than I do.
Research is one.
I also call it: catching up on re-runs of The Rockford Files; sorting out my closet; washing windows; swimming lessons; it’s too rainy; the sun’s out; I’ve lost my notes; my office needs organizing; and I overslept.
You get my drift. I call it many things, all designed to convince myself that if I could just complete those pressing tasks or do away with the distractions or hindrances, I could get down to writing.
There’s hope when you can at least recognize your little tricks for what they are. Now that I’ve named my procrastination techniques out loud, I hope they have lost some of their power over me.
Have a good week-end, all. And if a word in your week-end begins with the letter “p”, may it be productive.