I’m two-and-a-half chapters from the end of my novel–so close–yet I’m dragging my heels. I could spend hours analyzing my reasons procrastination, but I really, really, really just need to finish the darn story!
Two strategies I’ve used to prevent procrastination:
1. Trap myself with my laptop–outside my usual workspace–for a limited amount of time. For me this means driving both ways for soccer carpool on Fridays. After I drop the girls off, I drive over to a fancy-schmancy market, buy a big peppermint tea & write at a table overlooking the store.
The other parents are incredibly grateful, the soccer players love the fresh-baked cookies I buy, and I usually manage to write about 900 words in 90 minutes, plus I get my grocery shopping done!
2. Write with others. Sometimes it’s hard to put down a good book, turn of the radio, or stay offline when I know I’m going to be alone with that blank page. About once a week I meet with friends to write. We chat, write furiously, chat, write a little more, eat lunch, and chat some more, sometimes writing a bit more too. Despite all the talking–which I crave–I manage to get a lot of words down when I’m typing with friends.
This week I combined #1 with #2, meeting fellow writers, Anne Bowen and Wendy Toliver, at the Snowbasin ski resort lodge. Beautiful views, great food, fantastic conversation, and another 1,000 words.
I will finish this thing!!!