Analysis Paralysis and I

by Vanna on September 12, 2011


Just a reminder that life is a lot simpler than we imagine it is!

I almost didn’t write this blog post.

Why, you ask? Well, the answer is in the title. I suffer from analysis paralysis, which more often than not has me sitting motionless (ok, not really motionless), fretting. Fretting over all the things I have to do, all the things I want to do, and all the things I have not the time to do. Huh?

I have all the time I need. And I have much more time than a lot of other people do, being a self-employed, freelance copywriter. I have at least 10 hours each day to do as I like. After I do what needs doing. Definition of Analysis Paralysis: “The term “analysis paralysis” or “paralysis of analysis” refers to over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation, so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome.”-Wikipedia

Yup! That’s me.

But why did I almost not write this post?

Because I’ve now spent almost 2 weeks deciding on whether to buy a domain name, or just use the free blogger platform.

That’s right. Two weeks.

I could have written a dozen, or more blog posts in this time.

But, no. I wrote not a one.

Because I have been too busy fretting over whether to buy a domain name, and then worrying about the design of the website, and how much time it is going to take me to have it all set up, and how much time I will have to spend getting the fonts just so, and whether I even have a good enough eye to create a pleasing website, and whether I will just waste the $10 on the domain name because I will never update the blog, and … well you get the picture.

This morning I decided that enough was enough!

Therefore, I have written this post.

I am publishing it on my blogspot blog.

I will leave all the other worries for another day.

And the moral of this blog post is:

It is usually better to do something, than to only think about doing it. *

* Which is nothing more than a longer way of saying, “Just do it!”

[So as to avoid being too vague here, I am referring mostly specifically to finishing the first book (PROTECTOR) in my fantasy series (Anniversary of the Veil). I’ve completed the first draft in December 2009.I’ve finally managed the revision by July 2011. I want it published by February2012.]

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Diane Carlisle September 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Good for you, Vanna! Enjoy your new blog. :)


Sonya Solomonovich February 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

I spent about a month trying to decide whether to publish my short story on kindle or send it to a magazine. Finally when I’ve completely tired of deliberating, I usually just go with my instincts and it all turns out ok. Why couldn’t I just do that to begin with?
Good luck with the novel and the blog!


Vanna February 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I can totally relate on that going with your instincts point. Though somehow I never quite feel good about a decision if I don’t analyze it bits first 😉


Diana Alsobrook April 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I have the same problem overthinking things! Except you seem to be handling yours just fine 😉 I’ve been trying to get started building my author platform, except for one little problem: I can’t start an author blog or buy a domain name because I can’t decide on a pen name. I’ve spent time brainstorming, I’ve quizzed friends and family, I’ve used online name generators. It’s been over a month now. No name is good enough for me. And why am I not just using my own name? Because Diana Alsobrook has two a’s in a row if you use it as a URL. See? I’m crazy. I’m starting to get tired of thinking about it, I’ll probably just end up owning my two a’s.


Vanna April 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Oh, no, it seems you do have quite a decision to make. For what it’s worth, I think the two a’s in a row are not a problem at all. It is your name after all, and people reading the URL will just read your name right away, and I doubt many will even notice the two a’s 😉 As for the pen name, maybe try some names that you like, or have like in the past, and try to match them up with a last name you like the sound of. Apparently it’s also best to use a common name that people can easily remember. Send me a link to your new website when you get one!


Diana Alsobrook April 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Thanks for your ideas, Vanna! I think I’ll give up on the pen name idea altogether and just keep using my real name 😉 I tried variations of my first name with other last names, but I didn’t love any of them. The only name I kind of liked was D.A. Constant, which is a play on my maiden name… but I think it sounds too romance-authory. I wanted a pen name for the privacy it offers in real life, but I think I’ll be ok :)


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