Take Action

Doing something makes you feel better. Think about the times you accomplished something and how much better that felt than leaving it for someone else, deciding it was beyond you or some other version of not doing. Even if the task is more than you are capable of, take a chunk out of it, or just try anyway. Find something you can do.

If you want to be a professional (paid) writer don’t think about it, don’t make elaborate plans and stop there. Do something. Take action. Start by cleaning all the junk files out of your computer, maybe a whole reformat if you don’t feel too nervous about trying that. (It isn’t really that complicated, it just looks intimidating). Don’t get too deep into cleaning or organizing or planning anything though. Those are pools of stagnation and procrastination too. Start there but move on.

If you’ve made a list of possible clients to write for, begin contacting them. Write your query letters and send them. Write a book proposal and deliver on it. You will feel so much better: accomplished, capable and far ahead of where you were when everything was just plans and stuff you’d like to be doing.

Also, you can find time for the things you really want to do. If you get stuck in the planning then you need to push yourself into the action. If you think you don’t have enough time take a look at what you are doing, where your time is being spent. Is all that really necessary or are there times when you’re just spinning your wheels?