Yup, I'm making it up! I have no idea if there's a real name for this or not but we've ALL experienced it, I'm sure. It's probably just called procrastination - LOL.
When something is due that you don't want to do - instead of doing it, you do anything else - even clean the toilet!
That's how it is for me when it comes to editing and even more so for this book - #4 in the Distant Edge series - Burgundy's story. Hell I'm even writing a blog about my procrastination instead of editing right now and the book is due to my *very patient and understanding* editor in TWO days!
I've already cleaned the house, bathed the dog AND washed the towels. I created a really cool google spreadsheet, emailed and chatted with readers and other writers, edited my website and well --- just about everything else I could possibly do!
But I have also edited about 7 chapters today and corrected all the scenes on my spreadsheet outline. Can I justify the other "things" as breaks or are they truly procrastination?
When I was in school I would do anything to keep from studying, often leaving it until the night before - which doesn't bode well in a masters program - but I still got good grades and the MS.
What I don't do - or don't feel like I *can* do during the time I'm supposed to be working is: play video games, watch TV or a movie or read. I do all of those things afterwards though, as a REWARD.
What do you do to procrastinate and what causes you to procrastinate?
Author Chloe Adler
Here are some musings - Nothing fancy - no outline and no editor - just some stream of consciousness. If you're looking for the Journey of Rain Star (blog/story) you can find it here. If you want to read my books, please go here :)