It’s not procrastination if someone else does it for you

If there’s one thing I know I’m not alone in when it comes to writing, it’s the inevitable procrastination techniques. These are many and varied, ranging from the fairly useful ‘I must have some coffee before I can concentrate’ to the ridiculous ‘I can’t do anything until I have found out everything there is to know about the mating habit of octopi’ and even more pathetic ‘what is everyone I’ve ever heard of saying on Twitter today?’

Most people do it to some extent or another. My favourite is to write about half a page then flick onto a news or social networking site for a few minutes and back again. On one hand, it’s a total waste of time, but on the other I think I need that break to let my brain work things out for itself. Like, most problems sort themselves out when they’re not directly confronted (when it comes to writing anyway!) I doubt many people would say it’s a good habit though, I’ve read plenty of writers saying in interviews that they think complete solitude and silence (mental as well as physical) is the only way to write well.

Anyways, in the spirit of productive procrastination, I recently colour coded the different narrators in my wip, mainly because I’ve spent the last couple of months trying to wrestle some kind of balance between them. Ink then kindly charted the resultant figures for me and sent me a nice image, he said apparently lots of folks do this so I guess I’ll be in good company.

I’m pretty happy that it looks almost exactly how I thought it would and almost the way I hoped. If only I could always get someone else to do my procrastinating for me, I’m sure I’d save a lot of time.