3 Ways Authors Procrastinate

We know it. There are memes on it. There are Pinterest boards on it.

WE PROCRASTINATE.

Like big time. Why do you think I’m writing this blog post? Yep. It’s because I’m avoiding editing my book.

You may have expected this post to have a “How to Fix It” section but I’m not ready for that sort of commitment. After all, the first step to fixing the problem is admitting you have a problem. So yes, okay, I admit it. (You should too if you’re on your duff, reading this post, and not writing your book.)

But since you’re here, you might as well finish the blog post.

I’ll dive right in. What are the main ways that we, authors, procrastinate and put off writing/editing?

     1. Pointless Scrolling Through Pinterest

Admit it. As much as we like to pass it off as “character inspiration,” (which has its own place) we are more often than not, stuck looking at pictures of guys and dolls(get my reference?) and then going off on rabbit trails until we’re looking at pictures off fall wishing that it was autumn once again. Or is that just me? Hmm… Either way, if I even open Pinterest, I go down a long, dark path of distraction. No fixes for this problem yet. If you have suggestions hit. me. up.

     2. Pointless Scrolling Through Instagram/Facebook/Any Social Media

Basically the same problem with Pinterest BUT I can set a time limit on the app and my tablet will be like “Yo, time’s up” and kick me off the app. It’s great.

     3. Endless Blog Scrolling

What starts off as helpful can easily turn into wasted time. Looking up how to better introduce your antagonist, or to thicken your plot, or create a perfectly imperfect characters is all good and well, but watch out for the dangers of endless blog scrolling and “oh this looks helpful!” when actually it’s an article on fantasy books and you’re writing a historical novel. There is a point where it is harmful instead of helpful. This is not to say reading blogs is not good *wink wink* because obviously learning from others and their triumphs/defeats is very valuable. But too much of anything can turn into a not good thing(aka bad thing).

IN CONCLUSION

All of the above are not bad in and of themselves and I’m not going to point fingers at you if you do any of these procrastination techniques. Because I’m gonna be honest and let you know that I do the same. (However, instead of simply reading blogs, I also write blog posts. So…whoopsie.)

Anyway, let me know if there is anything I should add to the list. 😉 Maybe someday I’ll propose a solution to some of these, eh?

XOXO

Linh Nguyen

How Do I Introduce My Character’s Appearance?!

Questions that come up when you’re done with your book. “I wrote a whole story about this person and don’t even know what they look like.” No? Okay, maybe it’s just me.

If you are indeed an author of any sort, you probably have a Pinterest board filled with pictures of ladies straight out of a fairy tale and smoldering huncules(no I’m not even kidding, 90% of the men on Pinterest are either 1. smoldering 2. shirtless or 3. ugly #facts). Now, how do you let your readers know what a dashing young man your leading man is? Or how will your audience ever know if your leading lady has one green and one brown eye?

Should you use the mirror technique where they look in the mirror and think about their facial features? (Because we all do that every time we look in the mirror. “Oh wow I never realized I had brown eyes before. And since when did I have blonde hair??” Please no. Click on a random teen fiction book on Wattpad and it will probably have that sort of introduction. But it’s weird and cliche and not to mention doesn’t even happen in real life unless you are actually in front of a mirror and studying your face for some unknown reason.

But anyway, I’m not the one writing the how’s of introducing your character’s looks because I’m still learning myself. BUT feel free to enjoy the source I have linked below. It is a very insightful and helpful tool for letting your readers know what your beloved characters look like.

Source: How do you introduce your character’s appearance?

Jessica F

Free Printables for Writing Your Novel

Do you ever find yourself halfway into your book before realizing your protagonist doesn’t have a last name? Or maybe you’re about to write a really romantic scene but you CAN’T REMEMBER what eye color you gave the main guy? It’s problematic to say the least and can result in hours spent trying to find where you introduced your character’s name or eye color. (More on that, here.)

Whatever your case, it is very handy to have an organized list of everything regarding your characters (mannerisms, build, likes/dislikes, etc). And, of course, I would not be mentioning such a list without referring you to some great resources.

This character chart is a fun and helpful way to organize details regarding your book characters!

Source: Free Printables for Writing Your Novel

Ksenia Makagonova

How to Write a Book (And Finish It) by Teen guest, Elizabeth Pau

The Spinning Pen

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Most aspiring authors have been at the point where they have twenty different, brilliant ideas for book plots and try to write every single story all at once.

Or maybe some of you have an idea for one book and start writing without a plot or any sort of idea of where the book is going to end up  you just have a few ideas of what you want to include in your book.

The problem with these tactics, is that:

  1. If you start too many stories at once, you will end up mixing the characters’ personalities and possibly even confusing the plots (not to mention no one has time to finish 17 different novels)

and

  1. If you write a book with tons of events with no real goal in mind, your readers are going to be very confused.

Or maybe those tactics work for you just fine. In…

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Critical Things to Do Before You Write Your First Novel

The Spinning Pen

Hindsight is twenty twenty they say. Before I ambitiously embarked upon the adventure of a lifetime, I had no clue what to expect. Sure, I’d read many novels and books and blog posts on how to write them.

What I quickly found out was reading about writing, and actually writing, are totally different. It’s like thinking you’re a good singer because you watch America’s got Talent and belting out off key tunes at a karaoke bar. Time for a reality check.

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