Procrastination Plus!

Arrgh!

I’ve been procrastinating regarding my writing for the first time in 10 years. Why? Partly because of this dang speculative fiction prompt challenge I started. It’s not the busy-ness that’s holding me up. It’s that the responses are so creative and fun, and I’m all over the blogosphere reading and visiting old and new friends.

In terms of writing, my most productive time of day is first thing in the morning when I can indulge in big chunks of creative time. And here I sit at 5:00 AM writing this post… procrastinating!

I did finish the first draft of Book 2 in my current WIP trilogy, but it took me a month to write the last three chapters – instead of a week – ugh.Β  It was more fun to play with cover ideas. I can do that for days on end.

I don’t know the titles yetΒ  – these are place-holders – and I’ll probably have covers done professionally, so this very likely is just more procrastination!

(I haven’t purchased these images, (thus the watermark). I certainly will if I decide to use them).

Okay, enough procrastinating, Diana. Time to start on Book 3. Knuckle under and get cracking! Or maybe I’ll quickly check on the blog first… See what I mean? Arrgh! Lol.

How do you procrastinate, and however do you get back on track?

 

165 thoughts on “Procrastination Plus!

  1. It’s really funny to think that we can all relate with procrastination. Ha ha. With this very common problem, i decided to create blog on how to fight against this you can check it on my blog.

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  2. mylilplace says:

    The place holders look great, Diana. I am not really sure that your idea of procrastination is the same as mine since you are really juggling a lot! Between the blog and the books, I am amazed you are still running the prompts. I am sure your Muse will get you back on track, so no worries! It is nice to reconnect with friends, isn’t it? I wish you all the best!

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    • Thanks for the visit, my friend. We all go at our own paces, don’t we? And it depends on what works with our lives. It’s all good. I’m getting back into the rhythm, making myself get the words down, ready or not, like it or not. Ha ha. And I’m so glad you’re back in the blogging world again. πŸ™‚

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      • mylilplace says:

        I am never far from the blogging world although I can’t frequent it as much as I want. πŸ™‚ When I am back, though, your blog is always one of the first I visit. Glad that you are back in the rhythm of things.

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  3. Ha…ha! You made me laugh. πŸ˜€ I can relate with procrastination, I’m bit at it. I only roll up my sleeves, when the deadline looms…*sigh*

    Hope you’ve got your groove back by now. The title of the first book “Liars & Thieves” is very intriguing. Will I ever manage to read all your wonderful books! I can always try. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Khaya. I’m glad you got a laugh! I’m forcing myself to get back in the groove of writing 2K words a day. Not easy! I’m glad you enjoyed my pretend books. Ha ha. I’m still a long way away from knowing the titles or having covers, but getting there. ❀

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  4. I don’t especially procrastinate. I just can’t keep up with my emails. I decide to stop following a blog but then find another one that looks interesting. When I begin to get caught up something happens to my server or connection somehow and I’m held up again. I have a short story I’ve been working on but got stalled. My characters were like cardboard so I’ll have to work out on some character questionnaires. All the best with your WIP. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  5. I’m sorry but you are my idol. I empathize with the procrastination (SO much) but don’t see this as a big problem for you. You are prolific and enormously talented. *dramatic sigh*

    I have no clue how to get back on track. None. If you find out, please let me know. I desperately need it. Much love, my friend. πŸ˜‰β€οΈ

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  6. Bel says:

    You do so much Diana! Definitely not a procrastinator 😊 I honestly don’t know how you can keep up with other bloggers and write your books. Forever my idol 😊

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    • Thanks, Bel. It’s not that hard because it’s all fun stuff. There’s just too much of it! Lol. Not a bad problem to have at all. I think I just needed to confess a bit online in order to hold myself accountable and get back on track. πŸ™‚ I hope winter is being kind to you and that you’re planning some marvelous springtime adventures. ❀

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  7. Sarah says:

    What I do for procrastination? That’s easy – I read blogs! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰
    But I actually believe that what feels like procrastination is sometimes nothing more than the subconscious taking a break to come back with even better ideas. Or at least I hope it does. πŸ˜‰
    The cover images look awesome! πŸ˜„

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    • Me too, Sarah! Ha ha ha. I can get totally absorbed in visiting blogs and commenting. I know that I procrastinate when I’m stuck on a scene or chapter and not in the mood to power through. But I’m getting back into a routine. Thanks on the covers. I’ll probably send them to my cover designer as an idea starter, but I really did them just for the fun of it. πŸ™‚

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  8. Teri Polen says:

    Much as I hate to admit it, I also procrastinate sometimes. With my writing, I’ve found it’s usually when I know something isn’t working or I’m stuck about where to go next. What seems to work for me is setting a schedule and forcing myself to stick to it. Once I make myself dive in, I can usually resolve the problem much sooner than I think. Good luck, Diana!

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    • I can totally relate, Teri, with the “stuckness” as a reason for procrastinating as well as the solution – to power through it. That’s what I did, even though what I wrote is meh. At least I’m moving again. πŸ™‚ Happy Writing!

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  9. I so hear you! I’ve been spending a rather large amount of time on promo stuff, figuring things out and yes, playing with graphic design stuff. Ack! I haven’t written anything else for weeks. Itching to get back into it. I find I have to tuck myself away somewhere in the house where I can’t hear the incessant TV (which hubs has on ALL. The. Time.). Gotta get back into it. Good luck with the next draft, Diana!

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    • But everything you are doing is necessary, Julie, and will pay off. It’s part of publishing and honestly will require a portion of your attention from now on. Me? I’m just goofing off! Ha ha. And you’ve mentioned the hubby and TV before. I have The Same Problem! The extra “snow days” with hubby home have definitely cut into any attempt at focus. Have a wonderfully productive week! You’re getting close. πŸ˜€

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  10. I know exactly what you mean. I have the same problem.

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  11. Ocean Bream says:

    The placeholders look lovely, Diana! I have been procrastinating for nigh on 5 years now. Not an end in sight. It’s very bad. I hope you do manage to knuckle down – this fiction thing you have going sure has introduced me to a lot of good writers on wordpress – excellent to procrastinate to πŸ˜‰

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  12. Jordy says:

    Great post, Diana! I am certain we all procrastinate. I think for creative people, our minds need downtime for the work to evolve in the background and then we have aha moments all over the place. Everything in moderation but I do think procrastination has its upside.😊

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