Creative procrastination

Procrastination is a double edged sword.  By delaying the expression of creativity, details can be forgotten altering the outcome of the original idea. But it also adds pressure to perform, one that wouldn’t be there if things ran to schedule.  Under duress, the mind works in over drive in the fight or flight response, and as a result, innovative ideas evolve.

I procrastinate on certain projects. Ones that I want to get done perfectly, and ones that just seem too hard to face. I actually enjoy a bit of pressure. I find I come up with better ideas and work much more efficiently. Its frustrating to sometimes have to let go a few of the original ideas though.  “If only I hard started earlier” I tell myself, every time.  The times I don’t procrastinate, I still find re-editing my work last minute yields amazing ideas that I hadn’t thought of earlier.

Is procrastination a good thing? I think it depends on how you deal with pressure and creativity. Everyone has their own creative process. I think procrastination is a little part of my creative process, but to get all my ideas across I will try to start my projects a little earlier…

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Writing 101: Day 5

Let social media inspire you

One of the goals of Writing 101 is to tap into new and unexpected places for post ideas. Today, let’s look to Twitter for inspiration. Don’t worry — you don’t need a Twitter account to participate in this prompt. Below, you’ll see five tweets: each tweet is interesting in its own way, and we hope one will elicit a response from you.

Today, write a response to one of these tweets. Shape your post in any way you choose — agree or disagree with the tweet, or use it as a starting point for a story, personal essay, poem, or something else. Hover over your chosen tweet to click to the original, copy the tweet’s URL in your browser, and insert this URL on its own line in your post editor. These steps will embed the tweet in your post.

If none of these tweets appeal to you, visit Twitter.com and enter #quotes in the search field, which will display tweets with this hashtag. Find a tweet that intrigues you. When you’ve found one, click on its timestamp (for example, “30m,” “10h,” or “Jul 31”), copy the tweet’s URL in your browser, and drop this URL on its own line in your post editor to embed the tweet in your post.

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