Writers and Prose; Beware the Summer Procrastination Element!
June 23, 2014 2 Comments
The sun is shining, warm temperatures are enticing us outside and to enjoy it while it lasts (at least here in Canada), and the kids are out of school. It’s summer, the biggest and possibly most dangerous procrastination element. The bane of every writer.
Each year, writers lose valuable hours to this uncontrollable element. It seeps into our lives early, bringing with it the notion of adventure and good times, but we need to be vigilant against this mortal enemy of prose. We need to hold our own and turn away from the lure of fun times, good food and memorable times with family. We need to block all attempts summer makes to creep into our lives, and stick to the course we’ve chosen. We are writers and books do not write themselves! Sitting outside with a nice iced tea (sweet tea to Americans) and basking in the sun with our family does little to write our novels. We need to snub our noses at good times and not allow ourselves to be smitten by the lure of summer.
I hear you asking how; how do you avoid this horrible test of a writers will? It’s easy – isolation. You must find a place where no light or sound can find you. Perhaps a small room in the basement of your home? There must be no windows and only one door, a desk, a chair and one light. If need be, a second chair can be propped under the door handle to keep out infected family members.
Some might think this is a bit extreme, but we must do all we can to keep ourselves from succumbing to this weakness. For some writers this is a simple task, but others will find the lure of a good time too hard to resist. You must be strong and prevail. With any luck, the SPE will only last eight weeks.
You can do this. I believe in you.