How many have checked and rechecked their emails, had a look on Twitter or
posted something banal on Facebook and then waited for replies?
ago? Thirty? An hour? Be honest now. Time has an annoying way of being there
one moment, and vanishing the next so I wouldn’t be surprised if you said
longer than even an hour!
Latest release – June 2012
So why do we procrastinate? What’s so scary about opening
the document of our novel and cracking on? It doesn’t necessarily mean your
novel is rubbish, it’s just that deep down we know how much work there is
involved in putting it all together.
Bits of scenes here, characterisation there, author notes, bits highlighted,
bits underlined. It’s enough to make the water in your eyes dry up! Eeek!
your server and don’t reconnect until your novel’s (at least) 20,000 words
further in. Easier said than done though. That urge to check into Twitter, just
for five minutes, won’t go away. And once you do “check in” that five minutes
has soon turned to twenty!
with my novel! Somehow, writing an article on procrastination is easier than
opening my book. Why? I’m in love with the idea for my book, my character is
feisty, the setting brilliant and the plot is dynamite! So what’s stopping me?
the same with yours. I just LOVE social
media so much it’s become an interference. I love the prettiness of Pinterest,
the family that is Facebook, the links I can collect on Twitter and the opportunity
of sharing posts and articles on
- Make ‘playtimes’ on
the Internet a reward for writing 10K or more words.
- Get into a routine;
write in the evenings (or mornings, afternoons, whatever suits best) and
make this an absolute writing
time. Not playtime (or marketing or whatever it’s called!). Writing is
just that – writing.
- If rewards don’t
work, I will try a punishment! If I don’t manage my quota for the week
then there WON’T be a special treat at the end of the week.
Louise Wise is the author of Eden, A Proper Charlie and her newest release The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am. She has also written a non-fiction book based on articles from this blog: So You Want an Author Platform?