Most days I can’t wait to get to the computer to write, but once I sit down something weird happens. All these other things seem so much more important than my wip. In my mind, I know I’m procrastinating. Writing is hard, regardless of what non-writers think. Its emotionally taxing and completely frustrating if your story line or your characters aren’t cooperating. Not that that’s an excuse not to write but… Oh, hell, sometimes I make it my excuse. And sometimes I make up all kinds of other excuses as well. Here are my favorite:
1. Clean off the top of my desk. After all, that junk is very distracting. Come to think of it, so is the junk in the drawers. So time to clean out the drawers too.
2. Now that the desk is cleaned off, it’s quite dusty. Must be dusted before I can think clearly.
3. Fingernails are too long, ragged, etc. Can’t type properly with fingernails like that. It’s time to cut them. But wait! Wouldn’t they look much better if they were painted? Of course now they’re wet and I can’t possibly type because I’ll ruin my manicure.
4. Must clean the computer screen. After all, if I can’t see to type, I can’t possibly concentrate. And a clean screen makes the blank white page so much…blanker.
5. Oooh, research books. Must flip through my research books that I just cleaned off the top of my desk. Never mind it’s not in the same time period as my current work in progress.
6. Oh, look! That would make a great plot for my next historical. Need to jot down some ideas for my next book. The book I can’t write because I haven’t finished my current book because I’m…PROCRASTINATING!
7. LUNCH TIME! Or snack time. Whichever comes first.
8. Wait! 452 new tweets? I must read ALL of them in case I miss something important.
9. Oh goodie, an email in my inbox. Who wants to talk to me?
10. Sheesh, I’ve neglected Words with Friends. All 13 games are waiting for my move.
What? The kids are home from school? Where’d the time go?!
What’s your favorite procrastination technique?