Procrastination—It’s Making Me Wait

Every time I hear that saying I hear Carly Simon singing about ketchup/catsup (or however you wish to spell it). Of course she sang anticipation but for me the two are now twisted together and there ain’t no separating ’em.

It started last month when I attended a writing workshop. For me the best way to mess up my writing process is to be filled with unique ideas on writing the best story you possibly can. And just like a kid in the candy store, I wanna try a little of everything. Just a little.

Which means, I’m gonna be sick, angry and frustrated by the whole writing/candy thing. And my writing schedule (already disrupted by a few more unplanned trips to the doctor—where I got yelled at and accused of child abuse) will once more suffer setbacks.

But this time, the story fairy/muses/benevolent deity took pity on me. The speaker, Larry Brooks and his story engineering/physics writing structure actually sounded very similar to my process, with a few important tweaks to bring my writing to a higher level.

Cool beans. So I sat down and worked out the main points of Born in Blood and was very excited. But then the great ‘Zon sent my order of his books and I read them over the next three days to see if I’d missed any salient points.

Then I returned to my story to see how to make it better/worse for the characters and blocked out their paths on paper. I’ve never done this before, up until now everything was always in my head and I got really excited and tingling. This is gonna be so good.

But then I sat down to write, opened up my iPad and played Fishdom and Shanghai. Yeah, that was two really productive weeks. Thankkully the story fairy/muses/benevolent deity took pity on me again and stirred the pot at Netflix until my recommendation queue was full of Ted Talks. So I added, um, nearly all of them and started watching.

The first one was about optimism and sure enough, I saw reflected in her talk my own problem. I was enamored of how amazing BiB would be I didn’t want to ruin it by actually writing it. I could enjoy and hoard the story, savoring the twists and one story line ending that was diabolical, brilliant and disturbing.  Just me and the people in my head.

With this giddy frame of mind, I sat down and began the first chapter. Then erased it and started again. Erased it and started again. And again.

Oh, good Lord. Had this detail of planning ruined my process, even though it was the way I had done things before?

Seventh time being the charm, the answer was no.

But…

You knew that was coming, didn’t you?

But, my story telling style has evolved yet again.

Check back in July when Harlan, Sera, Lee and Marshall (plus 2 more baddies) return. Either on the 8th or 15th, I’ll start posting chapters.

As the Klingons say: There will be blood!

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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5 Responses to Procrastination—It’s Making Me Wait

  1. danrshaw says:

    boy do I feel old. When you mentioned Carly Simon singing about ketchup I had to think hard about what you where talking about. That’s because I don’t hook the song to the commercial since I heard her sing it in concert after it was first released.
    Maybe it would be a good thing not to attend any more writing workshops? Unless of course your one of the featured writers being paid for your contribution. Your scientific mind want’s to put everything in neat little boxes and writing isn’t something that benefits from that?

    • I know but I’m a knowledge junkie, a bit of a perfectionist and I still believe someone, somewhere knows how to make writing easier. Did I mention I believe in unicorns and the Santa Claus?
      I love Carly Simon but when I think of her it’s Carole King that plays in my head (until the Ketchup commercial when the two were cleaved apart forever). I remember sitting under my parent’s jukebox surrounded by a rainbow of colors, listening to the 45s change. I Feel the Earth Move was almost always followed by You’re so Vain.

      • danrshaw says:

        If it was easy Stephen King would still be writing blockbuster books. Instead his talent seems to have fallen by the wayside. Maybe he listened to too many publicists over the course of his career or was too enamored with the movies made from his books and his lack of acting ability.

  2. Peg says:

    Love your blog. Hate Steven King, I also find ways to put off things. As an artist, I keep thinking I should be better than I am so I go to work shops too. Then it takes forever to get back on track. Believe in your self and the way you progress thru your work and you will be as great as you always have been. Just make sure you spell the words right and in the right place.

  3. Yeah, that grammar thing still eludes me. I’m taking a class in that now and it’s just not sinking in.
    Dan, I know you’re right but if everything else gets easy with practice why doesn’t writing?

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