Please remember I am on track for my deadline (mostly), but I just wanted to share some of the stupid things I get up to get out of writing. Like, it hurts me to write anyway.
Ok, ok, maybe not all the time it hurts.
I asked other writers what their favourite procrastination activities were. Funnily enough, all pretty similar to most of mine but there was a few I don’t do. Here we go.
Taking stupid selfies and adding stupid embellishments to them
I’ve included evidence with this post.
In my defence, I was taking the photo for my honey and decided to jazz it up a bit. Then I got thinking about things writers do when they aren’t (and most probably should be) writing.
Googling useless crap that won’t get me anywhere on my project
Come on. We all do that. Yes? I have the max amount of tabs open my phone allows for things I searched and promised I would definitely look into further later.
Sometimes, I do. Sometimes, I wonder why the hell I was looking into whatever it was in the first place.
Getting all analytical on the English language and grammar
You know you do it too. (If you write).
Even that looks wrong. Never mind.
Thinking about childhood and wondering why you decided to write.
Something would have been easier, surely. Anything.
But, it’s in the blood and you can run but…you can’t ever hide.
Staring blankly at the wall
This happens a lot and I am so glad I’m not the only one. Most people admitted to this one.
Sometimes this is to reflect, contemplate philosophical ‘stuff’ or simply just to stare.
Common thoughts at this stage tend to include:
Where am I going with this?
Why do my characters suck so bad?
Why do I suck so bad?
Why did I start this in the first place?
Is it too late to back out?
Can I kill all my characters in the first half of the book?
I wonder what other people who don’t write do with their freedom?
Characters in your head is the opposite of freedom.
I wonder what’s happening in the real world?
No, never mind.
*shuts door and locks it. *
This does not require an explanation.
This is actually good. Reading should be mandatory if you’re a writer.
Plus, other social media.
Because writing is hard.
Reading inspirational quotes
Opening the fridge door
Closing the fridge door
Reopening the fridge door and just standing there
Looking at inanimate objects for the answers to life
‘Researching’ when it has absolutely nothing to do with the story at hand
Playing with pets
Taking the snorting from ‘loving’ pets personally
Trying to move pets off keyboards/notebooks
Refresh social media pages
Looking through old photos
Wishing you were a magician and the book would write itself
Talking on the phone about not writing
Getting lost on Youtube for hours
Jumping out of planes
Oh wait. Wrong list. That’s for the bucket list. Maybe.
Blogging about not writing
See what I did there?
So there you have it. Sounds kind of like we live when we aren’t writing. So why do we feel guilty. Is it because we just don't feel right if we go too long without writing? What would you add to the list?
Special thanks to all the lovely writers who shared their procrastination activities!