Guess what I’m doing today!
If you guessed procrastinating, you are correct.
YOU WIN ONE MILLION INTERNETS.
I have a draft of book 2 that’s staring at me, and I’m steadfastly refusing eye contact. But my soft deadline is six weeks from today, which is coming up alarmingly fast.
Long ago*, procrastination looked like Netflix binges of crappy horror movies while I started internet fights. But now that I have deadlines and a small beeb at home, procrastination looks different. Here’s a list of things I do while procrastinating that still (hopefully) help me inch towards my deadline.
1. Research: This one’s great! Since I’m writing historical fantasy, I can still Netflix binge, but I get to watch documentaries instead of horror movies. Better for my psyche anyway. And I get so much inspiration from getting a visual on those old documents, photos, or letters they show with the slow Ken Burns zoom/pan. I’m not a visual person so watching something gets my brain firing in new ways.
2. Reading: This one can be dangerous. When I have writer’s block, reading is a godsend, but when I’m procrastinating, I’ll happily try to fool myself into thinking that my entire TBR list is vital to finish. I have to be selective because I will read and reread new books and old favorites, and I’ll never want to stop. Still, reading can help jog something that’s been stuck in my brain, so it’s vital. One thing that helps more than others is reading and critiquing for critique partners. Making my brain work on problems other writers are having is a good way to exercise my problem-solving muscles.
3. Blogging: HA HA. I actually don’t know if this one’s helpful. Obviously I should be laying down words on book 2 rather than here. Still, I can tell myself I’m being helpful to readers or getting out my angst or whatever. And there’s a limit. I can’t work on this post all day long. Eventually I’ll get annoyed with myself and go open my document.
4. Shaming myself by blogging about procrastinating: Yup. I’m annoyed. I’m opening my document.
*Before book 1 sold.