I saw this today and had to chuckle because it hits so close to home. Firstly, because I am always taking writing courses. (I am taking two on-line classes right now!) Secondly, because I find myself doing many of the topics on this list. Specifically, the workspace arrangement has been a biggie. I am obsessed with finding inspirational decorations, seating, and colors for the make-over of our office-space that I now refer to as MY writing room. :) My daughters even made a video to send to Nate Burkus, pleading him to help me create the perfect room so that I will stop talking about it. (I don't have the heart to tell them that his show went off the air.)
It is easy to justify some of the things I do. Taking classes will definitely help me become a better writer, as will attending the many conferences I go to each year. Being a part of on-line writing forums helps me connect with other writers, as do the many social media sites I belong to. Reading books and magazines about writing inspires me to write better. Having the perfect chair to sit in with my laptop on my lap is going to make me more comfortable while I write, right? Blogging helps me keep an "on-line" presence and may help someone out in a similar situation.
When it comes down to it, my forms of procrastination, though mostly well intended, do keep me from doing the writing that I need to do on a daily basis to become the writer I aspire to be.
I LOVE writing. It isn't that I am trying to avoid an unpleasant experience. I think it is just one of those creative processes that I find hard to just settle into each day in little spaces of time. Sometimes I make myself think the conditions have to be just right for the creative juices to flow. Quiet house, satisfied tummy, water bottle, comfy chair, charged laptop, paper, pencil, comfy clothes, and TIME. Of course in real life having all of those conditions met is a rarity.
Carving out writing time is more about the heart and determination to be a great writer than having the perfect conditions exist. A bigger example would be when you are deciding when to have a child. If you wait until you are completely emotionally, physically, and financially "ready" to have a child, it may never happen. There are no perfect conditions, but rather the heart and desire to be a great parent.