I don’t remember when I first heard the expression “preparation is not production” but the failure to see the difference has been the most expensive writing mistake of my life.
It was a mistake that was chronic and mostly invisible. Even after I realized I was doing too much prep and not enough writing, I still found excuses – I actually accepted the myth that “90% of writing is procrastination”. Little did I know I was under the control of a secret power…
‘The secret power of idleness’
The preparation versus production distinction is not a new one.… Read the rest