I have 10-15K left to write on UEQ. I have queries to send out for DLN. And I'm committing myself to finding a home for several of my older manuscripts. (I also have a boatload of housework to do and a pile of books to read, but that's just added stuff I don't want to think about.)
What did I do yesterday? I researched ebook publishers. Well, I started out just doing some simply research, which then turned into writing a big huge helpful post for other writers in my position (because, ya know, I didn't find a single site that gave me everything I wanted from a list of ebook publishers, so I, like, made my own.)
Okay, so I didn't look very hard for an adequate list. I googled epublishers a couple of different ways, taking the first few lists and running with them. As I went down lists of links, I found too many broken links and too many others who simply weren't accepting submissions, which lead me to the post I worked on yesterday.
Anyway, the point I was trying to make was that at some point along the way, I think my researching might have turned into stalling. I took a simple task - to collect links for myself - and turned it into an all day event that isn't even finished. Or rather Day One of an ongoing event that could distract me for an untold amount of time. I mean, kee-ryst, I spent almost an hour reading 7 pages worth of a forum where people venomously either attacked or defended one publisher in particular. Talk about unproductive - for me and for them.
At the time, I thought I was being productive, but looking back now, I think I was just stalling. The problem now is, I still need to do the research whether I'm subconsciously stalling or not. Ack. Oh, the workings of the sometimes neurotic mind.
Ever get tangled up in research only to realize you're probably stalling? How do you balance necessary research with unnecessary avoidance of the real work? Any hints and tips will be greatly appreciated.
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