1. My dog ate my computer.
Oh, wait. I don’t have a dog. But if I did, I’d want this one. At least he’d only eat my maple bacon and cat treats.
2. I just need to jump on Facebook/Twitter and/or check my email (for the next 2 hours).
3. I’m not sure what to do with this scene/I’m waiting for the characters to tell me what happens next/I’m waiting for an epiphany in the form of a blow to the head or a lightning strike. How about a kick in the ass?
4. I need to wash my hair.
5. I need to wash the dishes (I know I’m grasping at straws when I use this one).
6. I’m just not in the zombie/cannibal/demon/vampire/insert anything writing mood. Maybe I will be tomorrow. Actually, if I sit down and start, I’ll get in the writing mood. That’s how it works, and I know this.
7. I just need to watch a few videos on You Tube to get inspired first (six hours later…).
8. Another project takes precedence (and so I work on neither one).
9. I have to write a blog today. Therefore, I can’t work on my current project. Add any of the aforementioned excuses to this one to find out why the blog doesn’t get written either.
10. I’m exhausted from being the Games Master at Bible camp all week. And, no, they aren’t Hunger Games.
11. I find it impossible to concentrate with 3 kids running around and asking for snacks/toys/or, as is the case right this second “Mom, where are my arms?” because they are pulled into the small kid’s sleeves. These interruptions occur approximately five billion times a day during summer break. I need a break from summer break.
12. This nervous twitch in my eyelid whenever I stare at the computer for any length of time is stopping me from writing. I mean really, what the heck? It’s been like five days! Maybe I should write a short about a killer nervous twitch.
And now for a quick pep talk to inspire me to get some writing done tonight…
Come on, you lazy puke–you’re not tired! Eye twitches are kinda fun anyway! You hate dishes, and besides the dishwasher is running right now.
Put those kids to bed and write, damn it!
Or maybe fall asleep on the couch watching a chick flick…It might generate some great ideas…
- Resources – Procrastination (marymforbes.wordpress.com)
- Procrastination? Or Guidance from Your Higher Self? (Part 1) (thehealedwriter.com)
- Top Six Ways to Combat Writing Procrastination (selfpubauthors.com)
- Mapping Your Patterns of Delay (psychologytoday.com)
- Reality Mom: When Not Writing is a Good Thing (ballardnewstribune.com)