Monday, April 22, 2013

Dieting

Hey there, remember me.

I know it's been a while, but I've been doing kind of an experiment. I've been on a diet of sorts. A diet from social media. I haven't done any blogs or very many facebook updates to see if I can be a more productive person.

And the results of my experiment. Utter failure.

I may not have blogged or facebooked, but I found other things to occupy my time. TV shows, sports, entertainment websites, netflix. It seems to me that I did everything and anything except social media and write.

So I've come to the conclusion that my problem is not social media like I had originally thought, but procrastination. That dastardly foe. The thorn in my side. My complete undoing.

I know it's procrastination, because as soon as I had a deadline, I finished editing my chapter.

So, I'm back to posting twice a week.

How about you? Do you suffer from procrastination and how do you defeat it?

PS
While I was gone a few exciting things happened:
Kasie West's book came out.
Christina Lee got a book deal.
Jessie Humphries got a book deal.
Melissa Hurst got an agent

Any other news I missed??


14 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I hear you with the procrastination issue. I'm trying to outline a new novel. I'm excited about the book. It's the outlining I'm not hot about. But I know my books are a lot stronger when I outline first, so I will continue.

Connie Keller said...

Thanks for sharing!

I've always wondered about this. I've pondered cutting back on blogging, etc., in the thought that I'd get more writing done. But then, I wondered if I'd just spend more time playing Spider Solitaire or Freecell. I guess I know the answer now. :)

Heidi Willis said...

Oh my gosh this had me busting out in laughter... OUT LOUD! :)

This is so me.

I'm glad you're going to be back. I've missed you. And I bet Netflix, the TV, and entertainment websites won't say that. :)

strugglingwriter said...

I'm the worst with procrastination. I'm a pro at crastination. Monday pun!

Anyhow, deadlines do help. I'm so thankful for my critique group because they give me a deadline and an audience.

Paul

Melissa Marsh said...

Procrastination is the bane of my existence. I wish I could tell you how to defeat it, but I don't think there's anything that works except just sitting down and writing! (oh, and turning off the Internet to do so. :) )

Melissa Hurst said...

Thanks for the shout out, Patti! :)

Oh, procrastination is my worst enemy. I have a hard time staying on task when I'm writing. One thing that helped me was to Word War with another writer. And deadlines are the best. I had to finish revising in December last year because of a contest I wanted to enter that required a finished manuscript.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I'm a procrastinator as well. :P Some weeks I do really really good, but others are awful. If you find a happy balance, let me know! ;)

Margo Kelly said...

procrastination ... ACK! ... and yet, here I am commenting on your blog instead of plugging away at my chapter in progress. :)

Julia King said...

After the A to Z Challenge I will have to go back to my once a week blogging routine. Hopefully on of these days I can up it to 2. We shall see. It's tough to be away from social networking, it suck me in. hehe

Dawn said...

I am totally the same. I always figure I will get the housework done during Spring Break, or summer vacation...but I do about as good a job then as I do when I am working. I have accepted the fact that I just don't like doing it, and I am okay with a less than perfectly clean house....not that that helps you with writing. :)

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....Petty Witter said...

Surely something that affects us all to one degree or another OR am I just guilty of postponing and delaying needlessly?

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

I'm a procrastinator as well! It might help to remember this, "The way to get ahead is getting started."
Have a great day.