I can’t put Sarah Prineas’ Q&A up, until I’ve given her a chance to look over what I’ve said, so wait for it!
Instead, here are a couple of things:
First of all, Taga Taisho and Fukui.
Next, how do you know if you’re putting off writing, versus waiting for delicious writing gumbo from your subconscious? Here are a few ideas.
You’re procrastinating if:
1. You are doing household chores instead of writing. And you don’t have to. 🙂
2. You spend time blogging instead of writing. A lot more time blogging.
3. You find several small projects becomes more important than keeping up your word count. You know the drill. “Just as soon as I do … I’ll write my great American novel.”
4. You think about lots of other stories you could be writing, often romanticizing them as ones that will write themselves and won’t actually be difficult to write. I have several thousand of these in my head…
5. You take on tasks you might not care for much to avoid writing, because you need an excuse not to write. This leads to 5a.
5a. You blame time deficit for not writing. Really. This is my favorite one. You can make it impossible for yourself to write by choosing to fill up every moment of every day for everyone but you.
You’re percolating if:
1. Your thoughts return to your characters, even if you don’t know what’s going to happen with them yet.
2. You try several writing solutions to a stymied plot point.
3. You do research and reading to gain ideas to improve your story
4. You find that you come back to the story after a few days off, and you feel good about coming back to it, if not the actual writing.
5. You are rewarded with the eureka moment, and you get good gumbo.
See you tomorrow.