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  • For my novel, it’s usually not knowing exactly what comes next; so I mentally brainstorm while I occupy myself with household duties. For any other project, I either don’t have all the information I need or the mental energy to pursue the writing task cohesively. Plus I like to read in my genre (which is ultimately a good thing) when I could be writing. I think there needs to be a balance. I have a visual writing calendar I use that shows me every day what I’m accomplishing. When I see too many white squares and not enough writing, I make some plans and priorities and get to work!

    • Visual is great – I can just spend my time making the visuals and NOT actually writing 😀 The tips and suggestions I’m getting from other NaNo participants is helping me find the tools that I will use to write and not just use to eat up time.

  • I’ve been working on my second manuscript. The procrastination bug shows up as: “I need to research this on the Internet.” I’m wise to these wiley thoughts, and counter, “no, I’ll write this scene and deal with any problems in the edits.”

    Thanks for the entertaining reasons (but real) reasons we procrastinate. I particularly felt a “ping” (that’s me) on the “I’ve already wasted…” one. Ouch.

    Blessings,
    Susan 🙂