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