I did something for the first time the other day. I procrastinated.
Now, I’m not talking about the laundry, or doing the dishes—I procrastinated about writing.
Editing to be more exact.
Believe it or not, I have NEVER procrastinated before when it had to do with writing. Never Ever. Writing was always my escape. What better way to get away from the world than with characters that I love.
So here I am, vacuuming, and actually shaving the dog (which I had been procrastinating over for three months.) Now, I’m not talking about a little procrastination. This dog was on the grooming table for a full two hours straight. (No, she does not look like the same dog anymore.)
And it was all because I didn’t want to edit. So, why is that?
I think it is because I have a list of things from the publisher to make sure that are not in my novel. I think it is because I need to dig in and perfect it. But wasn’t it perfect already?
Well yes, and no. There’s nothing like pasting your novel into a manuscript analyzer if you want to make yourself run and hide.
By now, yes, I have started editing. I am fixing and sculpting, and despite my initial hesitation, LAST WINTER RED is actually getting better.
Hmmmm. Maybe these publishers actually know what they are talking about 🙂
- Procrastination Queeen! (lisawifemom.wordpress.com)
- Procrastination (aloudhush.wordpress.com)
- Progress in Procrastination (unnecessarypoetry.wordpress.com)
- Mitigating Procrastination (cardseyeview.wordpress.com)
- Want to Stop Procrastinating? Just Forgive Yourself [Mind Hacks] (lifehacker.com)
- The Struggle with Procrastination [George Wallace] (ecademy.com)
- Overcoming Procrastination (councilblogs.wordpress.com)
- Formal Sweatpants Procrastination Comic (youarenotsosmart.com)
I had a vision of you sculpting your novel with the same shears you used on your dog.
Ha! Hopefully I am a better writer. I have to admit I scalped her.
Not a mohawk?
Ummm… Actually she did have one for 12 hours until my husband wined enough that I shaved it off.
Husbands are so sensible.
Sensible, but no fun at all.
Oh my goodness, I can’t believe you have never procrastinated about writing! As a learned procrastinator, I find that quite depressing! Currently my characters are sittin’ in a wagon…doing nothing!
I have to admit, I am a writing junkie. I just don’t procrastinate about t. If I have the time… I write something.
Gasp! No you didn’t! I didn’t even read past the title. I shocked, missy.. Shocked.
Ha! In retrospect, I should have said that I procrastinate about editing. I still like the writing part.
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You’ve never before procrastinated with your writing? Good woman!! I’m terrible for doing everything else but writing.
Writing is just my love. There are not too many things I enjoy more… unless I am writing a transition paragraph. I hate those.
I procrastinate ONLY with my writing..and only when I have to edit, research, organize, plan. The actual creating…WRITING…I adore and I wish that was all that I had to do. Btw, what is a manuscript analyzer?
Yes, I am the same way. I can push off the edits to sit down with my new WIP no problem… so I guess it’s editing to someone else’s specifications that spoils my karma.
Editing for someone else is even worse. Kind of spoils the ” I’m writing for myself ” theory as well. 😛
Yeah. Most of what they have suggested I agree with once I think it over. It’s those little niggles that get you though.
Oh! Sorry… you asked about the manuscript analyzer… I use AutoCrit. You drop your manuscript into the program, and it flags all potential problems. It’s pretty amazing what if finds. I love the part where it counts how many times you use certain words and lets you know how many you should get rid of.
I’m going to check this out. 🙂
Hmmm. Would it be terrible of me to buy this program and send it to the chick who wrote fifty shades of grey? Or would that be sarcastic?
Ha! I haven’t read it. Was it that bad?
I think bad is relative, though. I am reading a best-seller now that is a brilliant story, but the writing could have been much cleaner.
Read my cliff notes post about it. 600 words or less. It will spare you the torture of reading it.
Don’t hold back now. How do you really feel about this book? Tee Hee.
So sooooo so bad.
I know you’re busy, but I nominated you for a Reader Appreciation Award. Thanks so much for all your helpful posts!
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. It’s nice to know that you appreciate what I’m doing here!
I am the queen of procrastination
Ha! Join the group
Procrastination – human nature … getting the job done anyway, eventually – priceless!
Yep! Makes it all good!
Procrastination is my greatest Sin
it fills me full of sorrow.
I think I’ll give it up one day:
Infact – I’ll start tomorrow!
Hey! There is a poet among us!
I am The Queen of procrastination….especially when it comes to editing lol. Why is it I can always find something much less important to do lol
Do you have a dog to brush? 😮
No, a cat 😉
Hmmmm.. Do cats like to be brushed?
Lol, mine don’t 😉
Hmmmmm. We’ll have to think of something else for you. Maybe you can brush your own hair?
Oh! Take a bath! That sounds relaxing!
Oooooo, bubble baths, now you’re talking 🙂
Yay! It’s been too long. That tub is MINE!
Save me some hot water!
Hmmmm… I think this just got a little weird. 🙂
Editing doesn’t EVER seem to be done…and dogs must be groomed. If you feel like procrastinating again, head my way and I’ll let you brush Ginger.
Send her over!
Actually, I don’t have editing right now. I am waiting for the publisher to get back to me. ***GACK***
Gack is a good word for it. Good luck. Ginger’s wagging her tail and ready to go. Where do you live? Just kidding.
Just shove her on a plane. I’ll pick her up at the airport. Wow… That’s going to be an expensive grooming!
Yeah! No kidding.
Why we procratinate is a quite a question. I’ll ponder it tomorrow. : )
Please do! Tell me why, oh magi!
Soon! But not right now.
I’m waiting with great anticipation!
I may have shared this with you before but I can’t remember. (I’ve got a good memory, but its short.) If I have, please forgive me.
This is a really good song. give it a chance, listen to the lyrics and enjoy, just as I enjoyed your post on procrastination.
Thank you! Musical comments. I love it!
Procrastination is an art form of mine and I have lots of nasty looking sculptures deposited all over my home lol
Sculptures? Really? That’s actually cool.