Gail's Graph of Authorial Procrastination

Since the moment I learned of NaNoWriMo, I have been unable to participate. I've always had deadlines for other writing that had to take priority, and for years I wrote fiction while working on my PhD and working weekend jobs. I know there are no excuses in the NaNoWri world but there's mine. Nevertheless, I am one of those authors who rather enjoys the furor and excitement of the Great NaNo. I think anything that causes anyone anywhere to be excited about writing is No Bad Thing.

Therefore, I thought those of you who are up against the November deadline might enjoy a reboot of this old post I did on my personal cycle of procrastination, emotional resilience, and production as a writer. It hasn't changed much over the years. Becoming a full timer who writes to eat only seems to cause this Authorbeast to sink further into the pattern.

AKA The histogram of coffee shop visits vs. writing competency

Bellow is a simple graph charting the average author's progress through a book. This, of course, is based on an entirely representative sample of one.
On the Y axis we have: Number of Visits to the Local Coffee Shop
On the X axis we have: Progress of Book Toward Completion described as follows
This final state of euphoria will, of course, last exactly as long as it takes for the authorbeast to print out the manuscript and begin her first read through at which juncture, the entire process repeats.

I suppose I'm trying to show that most of us authors face doubts an depression and frustration as we write. That doesn't change. The point is to soldier on. And drink lots of tea!


Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Cleaning Supplies

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Do you ever have those days where writing feels like a chore?

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