Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Procrastination Station

If you're not familiar with Will Write For Chocolate, I recommend checking it out. Debbie Ridpath Ohi knows the writing life well. Sometimes I don't know whether to wince or laugh when I recognize myself in her comics.

I posted this particular comic because I am in the grips of some killer procrastination. First there was the hustle and bustle of wrapping up my day job. Another school year ended on Monday. I took a day or two to rest on my laurels. There was lots of sleeping, and a Bones DVD-fest.

Today, I should be tackling Revising Mr. Right. Instead, I cleaned the kitchen. Yeah, that's right. Nothing added to my word count. My latest WIP languishes, ignored, on my computer. But at least my cupboards are beautifully organized.

How do you procrastinate from writing? And how do you force yourself back to the desk?


Scrap girl said...

This is the first year I have considered writing seriously and I have found I really want to do it, yet come up with some amazing ways to avoid it. I have cleaned all my kitchen cupboards, my ironing has never been so up to date, the dog is exhausted from all that walking and I am 2 stone slimmer because of all the extra excercising I need to do. As for writing, I have completed a few chapters, got bored and given up on that particular story! I am aiming for big changes come September!

Christine said...

I have consistently used the timer on the microwave oven as my whipping post to keep me at the computer. I turn it on for 60 minutes, plop in front of the computer, allow 5 minutes for play time, and then I force myself to write. I get up at the beeping, grab a coffee, whatever, and reset for another hour. Sometimes I know all I can accomplish is an hour (like in the summer when my dd is home from school and we have company--or during Winter Break time), but most days I shoot for a minimum of 3 and a max of 5 or more if I am trying to meet a goal.

It really helps keep me focused.

Anneliese Kelly said...

Oo, oo (raises hand!) I procrastinate from writing academic papers by editing my romance novel. And then I procrastinate from that by reading Blair and Chuck Gossip Girl fanfiction.

Yeah, those were two weeks down the drain.

Vivi Andrews said...

I procrastinate in more ways than I can count. This week? I've been obsessed with anything having to do with my new release... and I've been doing puzzles. Actual writing done? None. Not a word.
Must get back to work!

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