It’s time to introduce a new term– Workcrastinaton. If you’re like me, you think that procrastination involves Law & Order marathons and twitter, and these are insidious forms of procrastination, for sure. But there is another, more sneaky, incarnation– Workscrastination.
This is when you blow off your novel for important stuff that needs doing, not fun stuff, but neccesary stuff. For example, right now. I know I need to be working on my novel, but I am doing things like grading student papers. (It must be done! It’s my job!), paying bills (It’s the first of the month!), etc. Other instruments of Workcrastination include updating this website. (I spent half the morning updating my “appearances” page. Check it out. I added a lot of new stuff.)
But really. This has got to stop. I am about ten pages from the end. Why am I acting like this??? I am going to have to get a zero-tolerance policy with myself– If it ain’t the book, it’s procrastination. If the house is burning down, grabbing a hose = procrastination.
Time to get to work.

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3 Responses to Workcrastination

  1. I love the reference to Law and Order marathons. They must have known when they (whoever they is) decided to run back to back episodes all day!

  2. Is finishing the book mentally hard, as in not being sure where you’re going; or emotionally hard, as in missing the book when it’s gone; or both or neither or something else? I can relate to this post!

  3. Teri says:

    Are you kidding? I spend the whole afternoon creating my first blog … and answering facebook questions from my birth-father’s family who I’ve never met. I wrote exactly one paragraph in my book today. Sad.
    I will begin anew tomorrow!