Me? A Procrastinator?

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  1. Silver_James
    Silver_James November 20, 2013 at 7:35 am .

    Well alrighty then. I’m a moderate procrastinator. I don’t play games. I’m serious. I have like 50 invitations to FB games and ignore them. But I do something far more time consuming–I look for pictures/models to represent my characters (even the secondary!) and the settings of my books. Hours. It takes HOURS, I tell you! Oh, and images for book covers. I have accounts at like five different stock photo sites. *rubs hands together* In fact, I still have two more “postcards” to make for my 30 Days of NaNoWriMo series–a new inspiration each day. But that’s marketing, getting my name out there. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

    Great article, Kerry!

    1. Kerry Schafer
      Kerry Schafer November 20, 2013 at 8:43 am .

      Pictures! That’s a whole new level!! Hats off to you, and you also get a cookie. :)

  2. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek November 20, 2013 at 8:49 am .

    I like to do what I call “productive procrastination”. Things like “building platform” (Facebook and Tweet time). Or “craft reading” (nestling in with a good book under the guise of learning more about writing). Then I put off the guilt of not writing– after all, I’m THINKING about writing! ;) Fun article that, ahem, steps on my toes a bit.

    1. Kerry Schafer
      Kerry Schafer November 20, 2013 at 10:15 am .

      Julie – I’m stomping on my own feet if that’s any comfort at all! Also – craft reading and building platform are fine and wonderful things. As is just goofing off and having fun on a regular basis. It’s important to be able to tell when you are doing them for their own sake and when you’re avoiding the writing you need or want to be doing, though.

  3. Reese Ryan
    Reese Ryan November 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm .

    Great piece, Kerry. So funny and as a diehard procrastinator/perfectionist, I can definitely relate. My favorite line:

    “Proper procrastination is a skill, indeed an art, which generally requires much more energy and creativity than would have ever been expended on the original project.”

    So true! Checking out the micro movements info now.

    1. Kerry Schafer
      Kerry Schafer November 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm .

      Reese – glad you got the intended laugh! I’d be interested in knowing what you think of the micro movements, as well.

  4. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey November 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm .

    Kerry, outstanding post!. As an Olympic level procrastinator, I do all those things you mentioned (Facebook, Spider Solitaire) and more. My favorite is shredding a stack of old stuff. I also like rearranging the books in my bookshelves. I recently saw a photo where books were arranged by colors instead of author name, so I’m thinking I might try that soon. When truly desperate, I go out in the garage and cut of some of the accumulated cardboard boxes for recycling. Procrastination can be very hard work.

    Yes, I will try the micro project. I know I can turn on my computer, open up the Word doc, and fix the first paragraph on the first page. I know I can, I know I can…

    1. Kerry Schafer
      Kerry Schafer November 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm .

      Patricia – wow! You win! LOL. And yep – those little five minute blips help me get many things done, from writing to taxes, to dinner dishes.

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