And on that note, here's a link to the old 2009 post (if you want to read the comments) and here's the real thing:
NaNo Pitfall #7- PROCRASTINATION!
Now onward to NaNo Pitfall #7 - aka "Wow, I just remembered that I have to :insert procrastinatory item here:!"
We're writers. We also have a million other things we have to do as human beings. Laundry needs to get done. We need to cook meals. We have shopping and errands. Some people have day jobs and others, like me, have internet businesses to maintain. Add in homeschooling or kids' events or homework (either to do if you're still in school or to assist with if you're a parent), and the list of non-writing things requiring our attention can be staggering.
This month is no different. Except when you're using those things to put off writing.
For instance, I had some stuff I legitimately had to do for my Amazon store. True, it was stuff I'd put off and I should've done it sooner, especially since the deadline fell in November. That was last weekend's blip in my writing schedule. This weekend was another story. You see, doing all that stuff made me realize that I had a bunch of other stuff I needed to do to make my store easier to work with - for me, not my customers. Yesterday, I spent a good portion of my day screwing around with that. It needed to be done... Just not right this moment. Certainly none of it was so crucial it couldn't wait until NaNo was over.
As I lay in bed last night lamenting my lack of words, it came to me. This was yet another pitfall - not only in NaNo but for any writing we're trying to accomplish. There's always something you can find to take the place of writing. There are so many, in fact, I used to have a link to a site that listed all the things one can do instead of working on one's book.
Thinking about it now, I'm wondering if I should've made this a corollary to the other Pitfalls. You see, the reason this push to do something else came up is because my brain is currently scrolling through the other Pitfalls. Right now, I'm bouncing between "OMG, This Sucks!" and "Ack! I'm Lost!"
Enter "Wow! I have something else I really should be doing!"
So, I've slapped myself around. Today I will not being mucking around in the store, cleaning the house, doing yardwork, alphabetizing my socks, sorting my recipes, baking cookies, organizing my bookmarks...
Or sitting here thinking of other things to add to that growing list.
Today, I will write. It may be several thousand crappy words and I may only succeed in getting myself more lost, but I will accomplish something writerly if it kills me.
Writerly? Hmmm.... I never did sort through those last submissions and enter them into the database...
What's got you procrastinating today? And what are you doing during this time of procrastination?