Procrastination, WE LOVE IT! And what better way to share in the joy of procrastination than to give you all ways to procrastinate?
So, here are some things you too could be doing while you’re supposed to be writing that novel:
Blogging – Not really procrastination, but it gives us a chance to get all those thoughts out of our heads. If we want to say something that isn’t part of the novel but is related to the novel, this is the place to do it. Where else can you talk about whatever you like and then have it instantly available to everyone in the world?
Collecting – I love collecting information. This is part of the whole “research” thing, but I tend to extend that term to cover things outside of the current WIP. Ways of doing this include going to Facebook or Twitter and clicking on any Buzzfeed articles which may be of interest at some point in the future (Oh dear.)
Thinking – Day-dreaming, staring out of a window, people-watching, napping. All of these things are classed as thinking. I like to be right in my novel when I write it, so I do a lot of “thinking” about where I need to be.
Dissecting storylines – Ah ha, yes. This is something I’ve been doing more and more of recently, especially as there are some Disney favourites in this house. I’ve found some wonderful arguments about the characters in Frozen which I may blog one day.
Watching videos of cats – Ahem. Definitely required.
Playing Minecraft/Eve – There are a lot of similarities between the immersion you get from a video game (which has a high gratification level) and a story line where you need to be to think like your character. I find that Minecraft in particular always gets the right things connected in my head and I often use it to realign myself if I need time to properly think.
Picking out playlists – Music is brain-food for me, I can’t get enough, so when I’m low on inspiration I create a playlist to get me back on track. Playlists take days to create, don’t you know?
Do you have routines for your procrastination?
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