After a long heart to heart, I am acknowledging that I’ve been using this blog as a way to keep procrastinating about working on my second novel (and a few other things too).  By blogging that I am not working on the things I want to be working on, I am using that as a reason to continue to not work on them.  So just admitting that I’m not working on my novel, is somehow letting me off the hook each week instead of actually getting down to business and working on it.

No, no, no, this is not what I wanted to accomplish with this blog.  This blog is supposed to be about the writing I’m doing, not the endless procrastinating I’ve been indulging in for the last three months.

What I’m writing = another long poem for class.  I submit it tomorrow.  Then other than rewrites for the final portfolio, I’m done for the semester and off school for the summer.

What I’m reading = The Shack by William P. Young and A Dark Matter by Peter Straub.  Occasionally I read more than one book at a time, needing at times to alternative between one I am enjoying for pure entertainment purposes, and one I am really paying attention to and thinking about. 

My novel = I’ve run out of excuses, so keep tuned.



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6 responses to “Procrastinating

  1. What you need is to get inspired again. I find that since I’ve forced myself to sit down and write, I can easily get on a roll and not stop writing until the circumstances force me otherwise. I know you’re busy, but maybe try to take a trip down to the library strictly for writing. Every day (or in your case week) you force yourself to write, it makes it easier, and eventually you won’t be able to wait until the next time you get to write again.
    By the way, keep your eye on my blog, I’ll be posting some of my writing soon. Until next time, good luck! ;p

  2. Kiera you are not alone with using your blog as a procrastinating tool. I have realized that I do it too. In order to devote more time to my writing I have cut back on commenting on other blogs. I realize that this is a form of networking but I can spend hours doing it. Twitter is another story. I haven’t had a Twitter account very long and quickly became addicted to it. The only thing that has worked for me is to set a timer and take social media breaks. When the timer goes off I get back down to business working on my manuscript.

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  4. Meredith Jaeger

    Hi Haley! I don’t let myself go online to social networking sites at all when I’m writing. I just joined twitter and it is addictive, but I think having it open while working on a manuscript takes away from productivity. I like your blog post! It’s funny because I also use my blog as a means to promote my book, but because I only blog once a week, it hasn’t become a distraction yet. Anyways, good luck with the writing! I am rewriting my novel too and it’s scary thinking about how long it will take. Better just to focus on 1 chapter at a time =)

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