Saturday, 23 April 2011


I am an expert on this subject.  I suspect that many writers are similarly expert.  I have a free morning so I sit down in front of the computer, all ready to pick up my novel where I left off yesterday evening.

But, before I click to open the chapter, I must check my emails and reply to them, and I’d better have a quick look at Facebook too, both my personal page and my author’s page.  Ah, some links there to someone blogging.  I’ll click on those and add a comment – since we writers have to support each other.

Which has reminded me to check what next week’s topic is on our group blog, Heroines with Hearts.

Ah, it’s ‘What genre I write and why’.  Well, that should be easy enough.  I’ll just play a game of Pyramid Solitaire while I have a think about it. 

Twenty games later, I suddenly remember I haven’t checked the latest posts on the several yahoo groups where I’m a member, so I pop into those, read the posts and maybe make a few comments.

Right, I’ve now caught up with everything else, so I’ll go and make a mug of coffee, then I’ll get to work. While I drink it, I switch on the TV because I haven’t seen the news yet this morning.  I’m about to switch off when the morning magazine programme starts but I see they’re doing a feature about the Lake District, so I have to stay and watch that.

Okay, time to go back to my study now.  I’ll just pick up this morning’s post from the doormat.  Oh good, this month’s writing magazine has arrived, but I’ll save that until later.

A couple more emails have arrived, better see what those say, and I’ll have another look to see who else has been on Facebook…

And now this ancient computer has slowed down to a crawl, so I need to reboot.

While it’s grinding into action again, I open the writing magazine.  Oh look, there’s an article here about procrastination …

Please tell me you know exactly what I’m talking about and not that you’re a super-disciplined writer!


  1. I think the fact I'm here typing this speaks for itself.

    Moody Writing

  2. Definitely identify with all you've said - and some of it's the downside (or up, depending on which way you look at it) of the Internet as an information resource ... because it's also a glorious distraction :-)

  3. Mooderino cracks me up.

    Paule, I think we must be twins, except I play spider solitaire with 2 decks. I banned myself from playing today until I finished a chapter but did I listen ...noooo. :) I played. I also finished my chapter, eventually.

  4. Oops, typo'd your name, I meant Paula!!

  5. That is so funny, Paula! I too have switched on this morning to do some writing but first I check my emails and then facebook. Oh, there's Paula's photo on the left of my page which reminds me that because of my hectic week (including my birthday) I haven't kept up with her A-Z blog and since I really enjoyed up to K, I have a lot of catching up to do.... I will do some writing today; I will, I will, I will...

  6. Thank you all for visiting - I'm so glad I'm not alone in my procrastinating techniques!

  7. Oh do I EVER know exactly what you're talking about! You described my day perfectly, although I throw in dog walks and snacking as additional procrastinating techniques.

    I’m A-Z Blogging on Langley Writes about Writing and Langley’s Rich and Random Life