A Writer’s Guide to Procrastination

March 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment »

Many writers have turned to me over the years and pleaded with me to help them with the difficult task of procrastination. Procrastination is not easy, it takes great skill and practice.

I am currently a fulltime writer, so obviously procrastination is something I really need to focus on. For those in a similar situation, I have jotted down a few ideas of what you can do if you are having difficulty procrastinating:

  1. Exercise (to get the blood to the brain)
  2. Sleep (to recover from the exercise)
  3. Play Solitaire/Patience (note: ask important plot questions before shuffling – if you win, the answer is yes, if you don’t the answer is no – you can also substitute plot questions for questions like Will this book I’m writing sell over a million copies? In this instance, if you don’t win, the answer is not necessarily no, it just means you weren’t thinking about the questions hard enough when you shuffled – keep playing until you win)
  4. Research (aka surfing the net)
  5. Make cups of tea
  6. Let tea get cold. Make it again.
  7. Play hide and seek with your pen (this mostly happens involuntarily)
  8. Research some more (aka reading books, magazines, junk mail and/or labels on food in the pantry)
  9. When in doubt, eat
  10. More cups of tea
  11. Buy a cow
  12. Do household chores (dishes, laundry, grocery shopping, milking the cow)
  13. Sell the cow for magic beans
  14. Slay a giant
  15. Write a blog about procrastination

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One Response to “A Writer’s Guide to Procrastination”

  • Brendon

    16. Read a blog about procrastination.

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