Today I have to start to re-write the first quarter of The Uncomfortable Glass slipper, not my favourite job as an author. Although I’m much happier with the new plan and know it’s the right thing to do, I’m putting it off. Writing from scratch is much more exciting to me. So, instead of my revisions I’ve done three loads of laundry, gone on Facebook a few times, checked my emails a few more times, and looked up articles on why writers procrastinate. Interestingly, there are lots of articles, so I feel a bit better about it. When I watched a radio interview with David Walliams recently, he said that he has to refuse himself treats until he hits a target eg he won’t have a biscuit or go to the bathroom until he’s finished a chapter. This technique works really well for me, but I’m out of biscuits today! One theory is that writers tended to do well in English classes so didn’t have to really work hard until the last minute while our classmates worked steadily throughout, and we have continued that habit into our working life. That makes sense to me, and I know that when I have a deadline, that’s when I’m at my best. That’s why I am so thrilled that my wonderful editor is expecting my completed manuscript in only a few weeks. Better get writing!
Putting it off