As a writer, one of the things that can hobble your creative output is too much planning.

Planning is good. Planning can improve efficiency. I’m a big fan of planning and turning plans into processes that can help you work faster and get more done.

But it’s easy to get stuck in the planning phase and bogged down in false productivity.

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If you’re a writer, do you find excuses not to write? You might not do it consciously. Sometimes it just happens.

Should you be writing now instead of reading this?

Maybe you should be writing but you find yourself sifting through an endless stream of tweets and status updates.

Or you should be writing but you don’t think you’ve seen the episode of House that’s just starting…

Or you should be writing but you’ve decided that you’ll do it tomorrow, when you have more time to really do it justice.

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