On why people think reading is procrastination

They love to read, that is why. So they do in fact use it to procrastinate. I would rather write. If I am able to sit down and read, it means I am in the real zone and I am working very well. Every attempt I have ever made to write without reading first has caused me no end of trouble and has also delayed writing, and the writing turned out thin when it turned out at all.

But my preference for writing over reading will be useful soon, as I have to organize that book project this week. The problem with that is the files, locating them and organizing them well enough, I think I have to storyboard it and I have to get set up for this. Perhaps I will not require myself to find and organize all of the files. Perhaps I will start writing before I am organized. I think this is a good idea.

The question of organization, however, means I have to be alert and in a good mood, which means I cannot allow myself to be thrown off by unruly professors and students, as happened last week. It means I have to work out and in fact I have an excuse for it, I need to feel regal.


2 thoughts on “On why people think reading is procrastination

  1. I love to read, and I do submerge myself in the world of the text; that is the problem, not procrastination, but accepting the text (whether primary, secondary, or critical) without critical lenses. But I study literature, so I do need to read, and when I listened to people who said “don’t read,” then indeed the work was thin. It can’t be done without reading. And because I tend to submerge into the reading, I need to read more critics, not fewer, because among the multiple voices I can find something to respond to. I have stopped believing in reading as procrastination. I procrastinate by not-working; any time I am doing scholarly work, whether reading or anything else, that’s a good thing.

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