And now for the “P” word. Is your mind wandering toward Anthony Weiner… or something else? Get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about the writer’s enemy, but I think we all battle it. Procrastination.
Yeah, baby. That “P” word can be a career killer, yet we writers can win procrastination contests. When it comes to procrastination, WE RULE.
I have successful writer friends who can play computer solitaire like nobody’s business because? They’re procrastinating.
Other writer friends clean – as in toilets. I do that in rare, desperate circumstances. I have another BRILLIANT, MENSA-type writer friend who irons. Okay…. That’s going a little too far. I only iron when it’s absolutely necessary.
My preferred route of procrastination is reading news online, followed by GOOGLE. I HEART GOOGLE. With GOOGLE, I can get immediate gratification. I can answer all my stupid, inane questions with GOOGLE. I won’t have to stay awake wondering about the true history of the Doobie brothers. I can KNOW it because of GOOGLE. With GOOGLE (images), I can research the exact redesign of my engagement ring. With GOOGLE (images), I can research photos for my next hero and heroine. With GOOGLE, I can learn new recipes in hopes of adding lower-fat dishes to my diet. With GOOGLE, I can find that missing quote from the quote-a-day calendar (dang! I keep losing it!). Yes, I found it and it’s one of the new best quotes to me in the world as a writer.
If there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement. — Hsun Tzu
Why do I love this quote? We writers have to write with dull, determined effort to get to the end. And that may be why we do the “P” word. Procrastinate. But I suspect we aren’t the only ones…
The good news is when we overcome procrastination and get the work done. I’m happy to say I finished THE DOCTOR TAKES A PRINCESS and it is out! I love the way the hero and heroine are forced to change and grow in this book. I hope you’ll give it a look. You can find out more about it here http://tinyurl.com/3rkd4ty
So I’m all excited about my book release and want to celebrate. I am giving PRIZES. I will give a rhinestone hair band, aka as the modern girl’s tiara, and a book to a lucky responder. Bring it on!.
What are your best procrastination methods? How do you overcome procrastination?