Last weekend (when I was procrastinating), I put a question on Facebook: What’s your favourite method of procrastinating instead of writing? I had 30+ responses, so procrastination is clearly a common phenomenon amongst writers.
Perhaps inevitably, over a third of the responses said ‘Facebook’. That made me wonder how many of us procrastinated BF (Before Facebook)!
Several people mentioned reading or researching. To me, those are actually a part of the writing process, as we are either learning from other writers, or ensuring the facts/information in our own stories are accurate. Maybe that is the acceptable face of procrastination.
Similarly, some replies mentioned alternative creative efforts e.g. painting, making greetings cards, gardening, baking, even transferring music from MP3 to a hard drive – or going to the gym. Now that’s what I call positive procrastination, especially, as one person said, you can think up ideas while you’re doing any of these things.
A couple of people (but only a couple!) said ‘Cleaning the house/bathroom/kitchen’ or ‘Tidying drawers’. One person said she convinced herself these jobs were very important, another maintained her procrastination included everything but housework!
Then we came to the real procrastination (in addition to Face book):
Emailing friends telling them I have writer’s block.
Going out to buy chocolate
Painting my nails
Chatting on Twitter
Doing the crossword (justification for that – ‘It’s still words’)
Watching daytime TV
Looking up Friday night specials
Facebook games (and that’s not just me!)
And here’s the one I like: ‘Answering questions on Facebook about procrastination’.
So come on — how do you procrastinate?