Way back, the acceptable delaying tactic was to sharpen pencils – finding spare pens (just in case you needed them) would fit into that bracket, too – Coffee had always been an option, also, one, two, three or however many you needed to put off the fateful moment when you sit and actually commence working – after that, of course, were the necessary trips to the bathroom. 🙂
Nowadays, computer technology and an Internet connection allow for all the delays you could ever want. Checking email, catching up with news blogs or playing (for “just ten minutes”) whatever computer game you are into at the moment, all have the potential to fill half your morning with no trouble at all.
Writers are notorious for dodging their keyboard duties. We always have, we always will – it’s part of the process. It must be, why else would we all do it? We love to weave ideas and, when the words are flowing, we love to catch those ideas on paper. Any other time, though, and we’d rather do just about anything than sit in that chair and ACTUALLY GET SOME WORK DONE.
We have to think. We have to prepare. We have to beat our latest score masterfully compose our thoughts into majestic prose.
Once in there, though, and working, we’re away and wishing we had started sooner.
Everyone at some point or another hesitates at opening up that file.
Getting around it, for me, sometimes is as simple as having a look at the spot I am working on – first thing, before anything else – just to see where my thoughts need to be while I make that cup of coffee. Most times, something occurs that I can put in at once, so I do, and the next thing I know, half my morning has been spent there, where I’ve needed to be, rather than somewhere else wasting my time or dodging.
And yes, getting in first thing and getting hooked into my work that way, is the very thing I am doing NOW to be sure of making good progress on book 3, The Bastard Line.
So far, this ploy is working. Some days I only get a few pages done and other days I get lots done. That means I’m going forward, one way or another.
I think that’s all that matters.
Cheers all! Happy writing!