I Want to Be Ready

I’ve had a busy writer week. Wish it was a busy selling week, but…

Here’s some things I did or that happened:

  • My interview was featured on a friend’s blog here.
  • I opened a Tweetdeck account, the usefulness thereof is still to be discovered.
  • As of this writing, I am 5 away from 300 Twitter followers. I’ve gained a bunche since I announced there I’m an indie author.
  • My book is scheduled to be featured here on Tuesday, 4/30.
  • I have liked/friended several authors.
  • I set up a meeting with Youngtown’s library manager to discuss writing programs for children and adults this summer.
  • I’m in contact with a wonderful woman who is helping me with research for What Doesn’t Kill You.
  • I made some nice progress on WDKY.
  • Added pictures to website and this blog. (I’m getting better at basic image manipulation!)

I don’t know where any of this is leading, if indeed anywhere. I read a blog this week–wish I’d saved it–by a man who was achieving what he wanted. He said he was ready when it happened because he kept working on it.

I want to be ready.

Needed: Procrastination Techniques

I’m looking for new ways to put off writing. I love writing but lately, since I published my first book, my mind has been wanting to take more time off. It’s like I was so focused on accomplishing that goal and once I did, I have failed to develop another all-consuming mental activity. Or, I haven’t renewed a prescription with the beneficial side-effect of the ability to focus better. Yes, there is such a pill!

I have started a list of different categories. Some of these activities are hated by me, but for some unknown reason, at times I find them preferable to doing that which I enjoy most.

Today’s technique will be the easiest. I’ll save the harder ones for later. Feel free to adopt any of these as your own to put off what ever you like to do.


Technique 1: Employing the Computer to Procrastinate

This might be every writer’s favorite, except for those who write by hand. I know several who do. I make lists by hand, and doodles. Not much else. This is not an exhaustive list, but I hope to have more to add in the future.

1. The Internet provides numerous ways to fritter away your life. I won’t include online games here because I don’t play.

a. Facebook–Of course. Do I have any new notifications on my personal page? My authors page? How about posting a status update. “My cat just yakked up a hairball.” No, not really. He’s snoozing with my husband.

b. Twitter–Tweet something writerly so people following me because I write will think I am productive and talented and so the filmmakers (how did I get filmmakers following me? Oh right–I mentioned I’m writing a screenplay) might think I’ll have a novel to adapt. One can hope.

c. Click on links on FB and Twitter. Lots of writing stuff, movie stuff, lots of stuff stuff.


d. Look for pictures of Michael Fassbender.

e. Check Kindle to see if I sold any books recently. Same for Smashwords and CreateSpace.

f. On Amazon, read excerpts of Fifty Shades of Grey (okay, I did that once–for a long time. I think they took out the most juicy stuff, which is really all right with me.)
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g. Check Gmail to see if I have any new Twitter followers.

h. YouTube–start off with something of value then digress in any direction I choose–usually comedy and parody.

i. look for and download free e-books.

j. Check Goodreads to see how many more people signed up for my book giveaway.

k.Sign up for newsletters.

l. Look for a job.

m. Look for more pictures of Michael Fassbender.

n. Check regular email. This is a double one because then I can read the stories on the Yahoo feed. None so far have mentioned Michael.

o. Then there’s always good old fashioned research.

Wait-I have a new FB notification. Okay. Nothing exciting.

p. Watch movie trailers. Watch those with Michael several times.

q. Go to Huffpost women and read the sex articles.

r. Look for new movies to add to queue on Netflix (wish they had more Michael movies).

s. Write a blog post.

t. Go to Script Frenzy site and play with plot maker.

u. Tweak author website.

v. Look at blog stats to see if anyone read my last post.

w. Check bank account and clear away cobwebs to see if there is a positive balance.

x. check to see if I sold any more books than the last time I checked. Check to see how much I have to sell before I get a royalty payment

y. Go check the substitute teacher’s chatboard I used to frequent.

z. Look for another pic of Michael.

Next post will be how to use your computer without the internet to procrastinate.

How do you procrastinate online? Share, please!

(I promise NOT to mention Michael Fassbender once in the next blog post)

I’m a Twit. Or is it a Tweep?

I joined Twitter. I held off because Facebook is enough of a distraction. But it’s a very popular social network tool that people use to promote their work and that of others. I figured it best if I learn the ins and outs of using it before I promote.

I now have 24 followers. Mostly writers, which is great. I thanked a few today for following me. I hope I don’t bore them too much while I find my Twitter voice. I picked a few more to follow, too. A few actors and directors, other writers. All those people waiting to talk to me. Yeah, right.

Some seem to be Twitter experts and have blogs devoted to helping us less knowledgeable to become experts as well.

I’m not usually much of a follower in real life. If I hear a bunch of people like something, I tend to look at is suspiciously. Sometimes popular things turn out to be a waste of time and brain cells and other times I think I could have missed something really good.

Socially, I’m not really adept. I feel on the outside a lot, especially in big groups. But give me a small group and I’m in. I like in depth conversations and learning new things and hearing different opinions. I’m trying to put myself out there more. Like tonight, I initiated a conversation with the checkout guy a Fry’s by asking him, “How are you tonight,” or something equally common. We talked about Mother’s Day for a few seconds then he started talking about how he wished his sister would move out of their mother’s place and get her own. That’s the type of random thing I would say, too. Nothing to do with me, but something on his mind. A whole novel or screenplay could be written from that idea. Amazing.

I tried to be a little more friendly at church this morning. It’s new for us. There’s a little girl we usually sit near and I commented on her many bracelets. Today she showed me the ones around her ankle. An unabashed girly-girl.

Did you ever have an experience when you tried to step out of your comfort zone and look comfortable doing it then afterwards when you think about it you come up with “I must have seemed like a total goober to those people?” Well, maybe you don’t. I do all the time. I guess the same thing can happen online, too, if you’re insecure. I’ll try not to let it bother me when Twitter followers drop me. Like some have already. Their loss, right?

Must blog more

Working writers–as in those being paid to write–are supposed to blog now and facebook and twitter. I’ll try to get intentional about the blog but I doubt many people want to know what I had for lunch–dried out wheat tortilla wrapped around cheese and called a burrito in the school cafeteria. Besides, who has time? “Class, write 500 words while I figure out how to send this tweet on my cell phone. Can my phone even do that? Can somebody help me?”

We’re supposed to build a platform–make mine a diving one on a lake in Maine, please. And an audience. Well, I’ll try. So when you finally finish your novel that you work in around your real life, and you approach a publisher you can say, “I have a built in audience of a kabillion followers of Facebook and Twitter and my blog.

Well. I’ll try. Even though it takes away time from real writing.

I’d write more but I want to get back to my real writing because I have to go back to my real job tomorrow. I hope I can remember what I’d write about if I didn’t want to write.