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Ask E. Jean for DearSugar: Why am I Procrastinating?


DEAR EEEEEeeeee--

I’m a writer. Every waking moment I am consumed with dreaming about my novel coming out. I am obsessed with what I’ll say to Matt during my appearance on THE TODAY SHOW and what I’ll wear when you interview me for ELLE.

I know. You want to stop reading. But, trust me: I am a GREAT F***ING WRITER!! Beside the novel, I’m also working on a screenplay. But it’s the novel that will launch me into fame-anista land. It is my destiny. So why do I procrastinate? Why can’t I finish it?

My astrologer said I’m loafing because I’m afraid of success. Is that true? How can it be true when I’m so obsessed with thinking about my book tour?

My boyfriend is nervous because he also believes I’ll be famous. We’ve discussed his fear about me leaving him when I get the movie deal. (The script and novel are THAT good.) We’ve been together since college and I don’t want to hurt him.

Meanwhile I am working in retail. Am I not finishing my novel because I’m afraid of hurting him? Or am I afraid of success?-----The Next Big Thing

To see E. Jean's answer

MY BUTTERED MUFFIN:

Stop gibbering about how freaking brilliant you are and send your manuscript to me. Here is my e-mail: e.jean@ejeanlive.com. I can tell in 3 minutes if you have talent. If you have talent, I’ll help you get an agent. (You strike me as just crazy enough, to actually be a writer.)

P.S. Get rid of the dillweed astrologer. They pray on weak, helpless women.

P.P.S. Everybody thinks they’re going to be famous in the next five minutes. Shut up, hunny, and DO SOMETHING.

To see more advice from E. Jean visit Elle Magazine and AskEJean.com

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missmaddie missmaddie 8 years
For goodness' sake! Ditch the astrologer in favor of a good therapist.
ohemgeemeganlee ohemgeemeganlee 8 years
Hahaha, wow. Full of yourself much?
nlw nlw 8 years
I think we should get an update, E Jean. Was the manuscript any good? Or didn't she send it to you?
GeikoSera GeikoSera 8 years
Awesome! :D
GeikoSera GeikoSera 8 years
Awesome! :D
7kimba7 7kimba7 8 years
hahaha E. Jean!
7kimba7 7kimba7 8 years
hahaha E. Jean!
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
whay does it matter what the reason is? if you are into keeping things as they are you must be getting something out of them. so what is it?
pebby01 pebby01 8 years
i feel like this post can apply to any type of procrastination. why? because as i sit here reading and replying, i'm procrastinating! i'm going to take the "just do it" advice and go finish my homework!!! :)
reese05 reese05 8 years
I agree with kerryG.Go E.Jean!
reese05 reese05 8 years
I agree with kerryG. Go E.Jean!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 8 years
:rotfl: I'm totally cracking up here! Yay E. Jean!!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 8 years
:rotfl: I'm totally cracking up here! Yay E. Jean!!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
Amen!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
Amen!
tati33 tati33 8 years
:ROTFL: E Jean!!
tati33 tati33 8 years
:ROTFL: E Jean!!
junebrug junebrug 8 years
Oh boy. I am a writer (mostly screenplays) also trying to make it happen. STOP WASTING your time worrying about what will happen when you become famous. I'm hoping all the best for you (and me), but no matter how good a writer you are, the odds are still slim. You're not writing because you're a lazy git, now shut up and get to work (I think I'm to post that on my wall so I can look it myself over and over).
almostloli almostloli 8 years
E. Jean's answer rocks!procrastination....... has been my problem as well.. but hey JUST DO IT (the poster had time to browse dearsugar hahaha)
almostloli almostloli 8 years
E. Jean's answer rocks! procrastination....... has been my problem as well.. but hey JUST DO IT (the poster had time to browse dearsugar hahaha)
Perl Perl 8 years
Totally annoying...yet somehow endearing too.
cgmaetc cgmaetc 8 years
How 'bout you get rid of anyone in your life who tells you "if you become successful, you'll leave me" because that are TOXIC! this includes your loser boyfriend.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Mmmm... no comment ;)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Mmmm... no comment ;)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Anyone else find the poster a wee bit annoying?
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