Thursday, February 7, 2008

A writer pleads guilty to avoidance behaviors

by Patricia

Confession is messy, unpleasant, and makes us squirm in our seats. But it's good for the soul -- or at least good for a blog post.

So here we go with a list of my most worn-out, over-used writing avoidance behaviors (not in any particular order):

  1. Testing spider solitaire to make sure it wasn't affected by those pesky hazardous programs my anti-spyware says I picked up while surfing the net.
  2. Checking Miss Snark's blog, because I don't want to miss out when she takes a hiatus from retirement.
  3. Downloading free trials of story-building software.
  4. Uninstalling the free trials after I realize I could write a novel in the time it takes to figure out how to use story-building software.
  5. Giving my cat a bath.
  6. Watching reruns of Law and Order.
  7. Returning to the kitchen for yet another handful of reduced fat Cheez-Its.
  8. Clicking the refresh button on my email inbox.
  9. Visiting in case Today's Special Value is something I can't live without.
  10. Listing some of the avoidance behaviors I practice during those times I'm supposed to be writing.

1 comment:

Marsha Ward said...

As a professional procrastinator, I enjoyed your blog, Patricia, especially #4, which made me laugh out loud because it's so true.

In honor of your great humor, I've given you the "you make my day" award over on Writer in the Pines. Go pick it up!