One of my sub-goals when it comes to writing is to immerse myself in the world of writing – see here for a 2018 post I wrote about this. I don’t always have as much time to write as I’d like. So when I think about immersing myself in the writing world, it’s about using my non-writing time to brainstorm ideas, to think through plotlines, and to educate myself about tools and techniques.
This is actually something that’s been going really well for me so far in 2021. I have a few good books I’ve been writing or listening to about writing, and I often find myself thinking through storylines while I’m washing dishes or running.
The part that’s not going so well? Actually sitting my butt down in the chair to write.
Here are all the ways I am procrastinating writing currently:
- Listening to audiobooks like Save The Cat Writes A Novel, Murder Your Darlings, and This Year You Write Your Novel.
- Making lists of interesting themes or concepts from other novels that make me want to read them.
- Reading awesome novels that other people wrote, like Catherine House, Tuesday Mooney Talks To Ghosts, and Moonflower Murders.
- Thinking through plotlines for some of my story ideas and deciding that they’re too boring. Agonizing over this indefinitely.
- Going back and forth in my head, debating which novel I should actually focus on when I eventually do sit down to write.
- Thinking through writing plans, goals, and potential word counts. (If I treat March 2021 like a personal NaNoWriMo, how many words per day should I write?)
- Getting bored with the novels I’m currently brainstorming and going on wild tangents. (Maybe I should write a _________________ novel instead!) Then, researching that other kind of story and feeling either inspired or discouraged.
- Writing blog posts like this one. Other blog posts too! Sometimes I wonder if I should press pause on the blog if/when I commit to one of my writing projects, but the blogging is such a great processing tool for me that I don’t know if that would be helpful. We’ll see!
Now, the question is – am I procrastinating? Or am I doing exactly what I’ve been wanting to do for the last four years – creating a lifestyle and routine that includes writing and creative brainstorming all day long, even when I am not seated in front of my laptop typing? Maybe, as with most things, it’s both/and – procrastinating that needs to stop and new creative habits that need to continue.
My current writing goals are to write every morning from 4 a.m. until whenever the boys wake up, and then to write every evening after the boys go to bed. This post will likely be published in March, but as of this writing, I’m not yet committed to my March goals – I’m contemplating treating March like a NaNoWriMo for one of my writing projects, but I still have a little time before I have to decide.
Happy writing to all! Wishing you less procrastination and more creativity, today and every day.