1. transitive verb
to put off intentionally and habitually
2. intransitive verb
to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done
Origin and Etymology of procrastinate
Latin procrastinatus, past participle of procrastinare, from pro- forward + crastinus of tomorrow, from cras tomorrow
In addition to the above Merriam Webster on-line definition, I suggest to be FEARful of, or UNcertain of how to do something may produce procrastination.
If you need excuses for procrastinating the day of your writing, please use the appropriately numbered item(s) below:
#1 How can I get anything done with such soft, cuddly, cute...well, just watch a few of those puppies and kittens on Facebook and YouTube! Note: That link takes you to 16 minutes of funny cat videos. You'll love it.
#2 Hello? Playoffs? Are you ready for some football?
#3 Tomorrow will be here soon enough.
#4 Good ideas escape me.
#5 I WILL write today. Seriously. I think. Maybe. Then again…
#6 Each time I attempt to write, my ears get cold. Conspiracy? Maybe.
#7 You think you can’t find the time to write?
Amateur author: Dinner took over thirteen hours to make last night!
Amateur therapist: Tell me what you did.
Amateur author: Looked for recipes on Pinterest-3 hours
Confirmed ingredients and directions on other websites-2.5 hours
Made a quick run to Sprouts to pick up missing ingredients-2.25 hours
Rush hour traffic-30 minutes
Quick conversation with neighbor-1 hour
Mixed ingredients while talking on phone-32 minutes
Burnt dinner somewhere between 65 and 165 minutes
Got takeout-1.5 hours
#8 Weather! (Leaves are changing colors/Snowflakes are falling/Flowers are blooming and insects are buzzing…)
Seriously, I met a fellow author at a poetry gathering who told the group, “During lambing, my husband had to rush to town for emergency supplies. (The trip would take him over an hour.) He asked me, ‘Will that give you enough time to write?’”
#9 My finger hurts.
#10 Was carried away with research.
Please see Jefferson County Sheriff’s report #CR17-2333957
#11 Not. My. Fault.
Warning: The following photo, taken April 30, 2016 may be too graphic for children’s authors
#12 What if I spend time and effort on plotting, writing, and then editing but somebody else produces a better book than me?
Of course, there will always be a plethora of authors—but not necessarily in your genre and with your style and never with the same extraordinary voice.
#13 Insert your own reason(s) here!
May your procrastination be fenced in, and your imagination have room to roam.
For serious procrastinators—or maybe your new favorite character—check out the below links:
Remember: Nobody is just like you—thank goodness—or nothing would get done.
*A special “Thank you!” to Randy at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 14347 West Colfax Avenue Golden, CO 80401
A Colorado native, Rainey, (writing as L. Treloar), has been a RMFW member since 2012 (or so), and is happy to belong to one of the best critique groups ever: The 93rd Street Irregulars. She has self-published The Frozen Moose, is currently re-editing the first manuscript in a political thriller series, and has entered two contests with her 2016 NaNoWriMo Historical Fiction novella. In her spare time, she enjoys organizing anything from closets, to military family retreats, to rodeos and parades. Along with teaching her cat to retrieve, she volunteers at church and The Horse Protection League. With an Associate degree in Applied Science/Land Surveying, she learned she far prefers words over math.
*The Frozen Moose, a short story is available on Barnes and Noble in e-book.