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Procrastinate, a verb defined by Dictionary.com as “to put off till another day or time; defer; delay”. Even the tone of the definition is negative and makes me feel bad for using it as the reason for my not writing. The old adage of not putting off till tomorrow what you can do today rings clearly in my ear. Honestly sometimes delaying action cannot be helped.

Sadly, I was doomed from the beginning. I wasn’t able to write a single word for NaNoWriMo. I had forgotten when it started, and it set the tone for the rest of the month. To be honest, it was a high goal, when faced with my day to day tasks.

How does one balance out his/her day to day life or the 9 to 5 job with the enormity of writing? One of the first books I read on Writing was Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memior of the Craft. The passage that resonated with me, in summary was if you wanted to be a writer, the first thing to do is to sit down and write. He acknowledges not everyone has the ability to write all day, everyday, and he suggests that no matter how long you have each day, you dedicate a certain amount of time each day to writing. It will then become a habit, and you will be on your way to being a writer. It could be 15 minutes, it could be 2 hours, the point is, you write.

I still remember the day I read this passage. I was riding the 110 into downtown Austin for work, and the words made me stare out the window in deep thought. My mind was racing with all the things and ideas I could accomplish with this new-found simplistic insight. The big question was and is, since this awoken my senses so many years ago, why haven’t I done it?

The answer is deep life-long procrastination. The way I see it, the physical act of putting off till another day isn’t necessarily for a selfish or self-wounding reason. It could be for very legitimate life roadblocks. Now my personal Life’s Little Hiccups, as a writer, Diana Stout describes this particular problem, are admittedly not as bad as what Diana writes in this beautiful and heart wrenching blog post. But, life did throw hiccups. Instead of scolding myself for it, I need to simply move forward. I love her last line, “Bottom line: I do well with deadlines. How about you?”. The challenge is accepted. I need to come up with a project and set a deadline ASAP, and then maybe I will start finally.

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Forgot NaNoWriMo, and it’s already 3 days in!

Blog-Child-Support-Oh-No-261x300The month of October seemed to just disappear from me!  Today I woke up, drove to work, sat in my cube, and realized I’ve missed 3 days of my absolute first National Novel Writing Month! Hopefully the writing gods will forgive me!

So, I have now officially made an account on http://nanowrimo.org/. We shall see if this will finally jump-start my writing.  I have chosen to flesh out a novel idea that is very personal to me. Unfortunately, it really is still just an idea in my head, but I will update the Four Girls Novel page as I keep going this month.

Found Treasure: Writer’s Toolbox

I am still working on getting that piece about the guy who hates traffic down. I’m reminded of it each morning and evening. I just need to put pen to paper and write. With my masterful skills of procrastination, I found what I think is brilliant! It is a Writer’s Toolbox compiled by Ryan Lanz on A Writer’s Path.

I especially like the link for how to describe your bodily reactions to your emotions. Check it out: 41 Flavors of Body Language for Writers. As a writer, one thing I have struggled with is getting descriptions right. Sometimes I wonder if I will go overboard and I believe that thought keeps from then doing as much description as I need.

I think this toolbox will defiantly help me out of procrastinating! What do you guys think of it?

How to Make Characters Uncomfortable

Look what I found on Read to Write Stories: How to Make Characters Uncomfortable, by Michael Noll! What an interesting idea! It’s guaranteed drama for someone to have to deal with a dislike. I always loved how it could turn really comedic. For some reason the image that is called to mind is Mr. Bean.

Hmmm… I wonder what Mr. Bean and tomorrow’s traffic will inspire for me? I see a man hating cars in my future. Stay tuned…