I love this concept and what you called it: Action Faking.
The example for programming is taking courses (procrastination) vs building stuff for clients (hard work).
For writing, it’s reading excessively about writing (procrastination) instead of publishing (hard work).
One more: writing pieces because you “think” they will do well vs writing pieces because you care about the subject. Even though it feels harder to do the subjects you dislike, it’s a type of procrastination. This one is dangerous, because excessive writing on subjects you dislike will cause burnout, but writing on subjects you have an interest in will help your writing voice to come out.
Thanks for the bold piece!