Are You Avoiding Revision?

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As a writer with a pencil pouch full of highlighters, sticky notes, pens of many colors, and an insatiable need organize (even when it’s really not necessary), I know what it is to procrastinate. While procrastinating on Facebook, I found this quiz to be spot on hysterical. Whether you’re writing the next classic novel or the essay that’s due tomorrow, take a little time to laugh …

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Writer’s are notorious for procrastinating, or is that just me? I tend to work in bursts of feverish writing mixed with moments of wandering off. My wanderings usually take me to Pinterest, Facebook, or an online thesaurus, which then makes me think of shopping for yarn, (I’m a writer who can’t stop knitting).

It’s a wonder I get anything done! How about you?

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c.b.w. 2014

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17 thoughts on “Are You Avoiding Revision?

  1. ‘Pace’ Kerouac, unless I am going for absolute spontaneity, I regard it as an essential part of the creative process. All my novels so far have also been scrutinised by a professional editor. Fine-tooth comb isn’t in it!

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  2. I took the quiz and it said I only had 17 out of 73, which meant I was doing okay at prioritizing. That’s only because half of what I procrastinate wasn’t on the list! Tumblr is my drug of choice, sooo addictive, and I’m forever reading Bing headlines and things of absolutely no use. I procrastinate all the time. I say I’m going to go write then I read instead. I hear you. I’m awful.

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      • I know what you mean. I’m the proverbial, “I need a new writing prompt!” when I have like, oh a million (slight exaggeration) and three hours later…. Inspiring, desiring, and all around time wasters, but I know what you mean.

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  3. Yeah, you described me pretty accurately. Feverish writing mixed with lackadaisical hours on Facebook, Pinterest, and Netflix. : ) I didn’t do well on the quiz, though. They don’t have most of my procrastination weapons of choice, like making another pot of coffee or tea, frequent visits to the kitchen for a couple of pretzels at a time, or conversing with the tomato plants about what they think should happen next. (Unfortunately, the plants aren’t the most helpful with writing advice. : ) )

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  4. Yes I’m very much the same, I think it’s a common problem for writers – wandering off to do something else, like bake a cake or some terrible cleaning job that’s suddenly become so interesting, and the internet makes it so easy to wander off all the more! πŸ˜€ But, some of my wandering has been to do with building up interest and followers in other places like Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr, it often feels like wasting time. I hope it’s not, because if I ever do get to self publish a book one day I want media sites where people will notice my book. It’s lot of hard work posting, retweeting and reblogging in order to get noticed, but it still feels like there is a long term purpose in there somewhere. I hope so anyway, the future will tell if it’s all been worth it or if I’ve just been wandering off too much! πŸ˜€

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