10 things I do when I’m avoiding writing

All writers know (heck, all people know) that when you have work to do there’s a pretty good chance you’ll spend at least some of your time avoiding actually doing it. Here are a few ways I might avoid work (in no particular order):

10. Eat jordan almonds. They are delicious and addictive. And if I only take four at a time, I can keep going back to the cupboard to get more, thus delaying work further. I like to think of it as “pondering time.”

9. Play a game. A board game with my kids if they’re awake. If not, then it’s Trivia Crack or Candy Crush all the way. Wasting time has never been so fun.

8. Take online quizzes. Turns out I’m Daenerys Targaryen.

7. Watch TED Talks, such as this lovely one on procrastination. I can literally feel the monkey on my back.

6. Read everyone else’s Facebook status updates, because there’s nothing so important as being sure your friend’s kid did great at their soccer game/dance recital/school project that you just became aware of.

5. Clean out my email. Needs doing, and now is as good a time as any.

4. Recenter my Chi. No, wait, that’s something Iron Fist does. Maybe I could learn to do it? That would almost certainly take some time.

3. Do research. Which is to say, google a bunch of stuff that may or may not be relevant to my writing, going down one rabbit hole after another, until I’ve found out whether ancient Romans used toilets. That may not have been the question I was asking, but I feel completely satisfied with the answer.

2. Read a book. Probably a YA fantasy or scifi novel. Hey, as a writer I’m supposed to read to improve my craft, right?

1. Write a blog post about avoiding writing. ’nuff said.

Which of these do I recommend? None. Get back to writing. 😉

What are your favorite ways to avoid work? I’d love to get some more ideas…

4 thoughts on “10 things I do when I’m avoiding writing

  1. 10. Jordan Almonds = weddings … stop eating them and go write
    8. I only take the ones that revolve around how much I know about growing up in the 80’s/ 90’s.
    5. I need to clean out my email. And track my tax receipts. And now I want to go color.
    1. At least it’s writing.

  2. oo, oo, colors—– I like to read new catalogues to see what the new colors are called. I loved when purple morphed to eggplant to aubergine. Did you know the kids’ crayons at Macaroni Grill are food named colors? So you need to keep up with color names to make your story details updated!! or to fritter away time!!!

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