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The Friday Five: Procrastination

I always loved popping over to Erica Vestch’s blog on Fridays because she’d write her Friday Five, a list of five related items.  They could be anything, really. Erica now contributes to Coffee Cups and Camisoles if you’d like to catch her posts, or you can check out her website here! In a nod to her genius, I’m doing my own Friday five today.


My list is all procrastination related. My current book is not cooperating, and I don’t enjoy writing when it’s not going my way. For instance, I sat in front of my laptop for six hours on Wednesday and only managed to add 1700 words. That’s not a good number for me. It’s been a bang-my-head-against-the-keyboard writing week. Next week WILL be better.

Friday Five: Procrastination

  1. Napping

Yesterday, I wrote 1000 words early. I ate lunch. Why would I want to keep the writing momentum going afterward?That would be crazy. So I curled up with my dog and took a short nap. I woke feeling a combination of dread and shame (but I met my word count and then some, so maybe there’s something to this nap thing).

2. Sugar

I wrote a sentence! I should write another… Nah, I’ll crack open a Coke. And grab a handful of Gobstoppers. Unwrap some Smarties…

3. Facebook

After jotting down an impressive 23 words, I naturally had to take a break and check in on Facebook. Eighty-seven thousand times a day all week.

4. Research

This one was the killer. Seriously. It about killed me. My current WIP involves accidents and injuries I know nothing about. And guess what? I’m not a doctor. Or a nurse. I’m going to shock you here, but I have no medical background whatsoever. So the seventy-five hours of research, poring over medical papers, reading testimonials by similar patients, watching YouTube videos of various treatments? They better translate to a believable book.

5. Texting

I’m a whiner. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I have several writer friends on my contact list who put up with my whiney texts. Let’s just say, they got a lot of them this week.


There you have it. The five ways I avoided my manuscript this week. On a good note, I did force myself to write three chapters, so onward-ho!

What is your best way to procrastinate?

Have a fab weekend!


Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

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  1. Ah yes, the joy of procrastination. I know it well. However, there are times when procrastination can actually be productive. I mean, you know it’s a bad writing day when I head into the kitchen to clean something. Yet it always seems that it’s during one of those mundane tasks that I have a breakthrough on my story/chapter/scene. And every time, I think, “Hmph. Maybe I should clean more often.” But alas, that doesn’t happen. Instead, I sit at my desk for hours, pondering, banging my head (I prefer the wall) because the words won’t come. When will I ever learn?

    1. So funny, Mindy! Yes, I organized my closet one day this week (it took all of thirty minutes–don’t know why I’d put it off for so long!) and I tried a Pinterest trick to freshen up our old, crispy towels. Procrastination is always good for the house!

  2. Oh, I can totally relate. So many distractions out there and a million ways to procrastinate. Facebook is definitely my go-to when I want to avoid writing. It’s good to know you are among friends, right?

    1. It really is good to know! The only thing worse than a slow, slow writing week is seeing someone post they only wrote 6500 that day or some other crazy number! I’m like, well, I wrote 14. That’s good, right? Haha!!

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