by Rick Blechta
I’m certain I am not alone among writers in admiring how well I’ve polished my procrastination skills to a fine sheen when I sit down to advance a work-in-progress. Not.
It’s incredible how things transpire against me some days. Right now, the Blue Jays are playing. Okay. I decided beforehand that I would have the game on, but the sound off and the browser window down on the dock (in other words, not viewable unless I make it so). Well, that lasted all of ten minutes. As a matter of fact, as I’m writing this, the sound is back on, but at least my text edit program is covering up the browser window.
As for the WIP, um, I wrote two sentences before realizing it was Tuesday and I hadn’t even thought about a topic for this weeks post!
Here are some other favourite pastimes for not writing a book:
- Making dinner (or lunch or breakfast or a snack)
- Remembering I didn’t fill the bird feeder
- Answering the phone/door/an email petition
- Taking a nap because all of a sudden I can’t keep my eyes open
- Internet research for an upcoming plot point
- Sharpening pencils (oh wait…I’m writing on the computer today)
- Answering the phone and then talking at length
- More internet research
- Re-reading what I’ve already written
- Writing a blog post I could have written over the weekend (and meant to – honest!)
Next up after writing this post is to spend at least an hour designing a really fine sign for the wall of my office: Just Write The Damn Book! If I execute the design in colour, that will also mean a trip to Staples. While I’m at it, I'll print out a fresh Round Tuit*. My current one is getting rather careworn.
*If you’d like your own Round Tuit, just leave a comment with your email address, and I’ll fire over a hi-res version that you can print out for yourself and all your friends.