Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Queen of Procrastination

I've earned the title this week! Me, myself and I.

This week I've managed to clean out closets, dust those little annoying knick-knacks that line my piano, bake scones (yes, moi!), catch up on my Arizona Highways magazines, surf vacation rentals for next summer, play way too long on Twitter and Tumblr, and bring a load of donated books to the library from my bookcases which are now perfectly organized.  This can only mean one thing...

I've reached The Murky Middle of my current novel. 

Da. Da. Daaa!! *Cue the ominous creepy music*

Yep, The Murky Middle is truly the hard, agonizing, frustrating part of writing, in my opinion.  How do you connect that great beginning with that cool ending you've already written in your mind?!  The Murky Middle is like a Griswold family car vacation:  Everything's great for the first hour.  The family is singing and playing the License Plate Game, but then you just want the next ten hours to fly by so that you can reach the dang ocean. 

Anyone else procrastinating this week?  If yes, what do you do so you'll do anything except what you should be doing?  Bonus: The winner gets to wear the crown!

19 comments:

jblynn said...

Unfortunately I can't claim the crown, since I'm not currently in the Murky Middle. (When I am, my freezer is stocked with healthy, home-cooked meals and my place is practically spotless. Having company over while I'm in the midst of procrastinating is always a good idea. Unlike now when I'm way too busy working on revisions for my editor of Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman to do more than the basics of housekeeping.

LD Masterson said...

Wait a second - that's MY title.

I'm in first round re-writes which have ground to a crawl as I try to keep track of what I'm changing and why and how it effects everything else. Blech. I think I'll go clean out a closet.

Kathleen said...

And such a pretty crown it is=)

Yeah, I'm trying to work my way through the middle and into the last 10-15K of my WiP where my productivity will grow exponentially... And I find the best way to procrastinate is trying to finally get through the video game I've been playing since last December=)

Talli Roland said...

Oh, middles are the WORST. I detest them. It's often where I get bored and scrub the kitchen floor!

Pauline Barclay said...

Oh Liz, I feel for you and I too should wear that crown. I am so in the doldrums with my writing. It is in my head, but I can't sit down long enough to write. My head is everywhere else...laugh! But you will get there...you will! :)

Sarah Pearson said...

I'm the procrastination Queen, in all things. When it happens in my writing, I just start sketching ideas for something completely new. I have a lot of random ideas :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Crap, I don't have time to procrastinate! And I struggle more with beginnings. Hope you get past your murky middle.

Steph Schmidt said...

Do you have a delicious scone recipe? I've been doing homework instead of writing. Because I'm writing a chapter where I need to write snarky mean bullying scene aaaand I just can't do it. I always think later when I read the current version it's not enough or too much out of the blue.

Instead of writing I totally reorganized under the sink in my bathroom and made pizza from scratch. Sort of pathetic.

David Powers King said...

Hello, fellow campaigner! I'm not in your group, but I still wanted to check out your blog and say, "HI!"

Procrastination and I know each other quite well. It's getting him to go home that's the trick. :)

Cold As Heaven said...

Yes, of course. I always postpone the boring stuff; shopping, cleaning, administration ... and so on.

Cold As Heaven

Danette said...

I guess I am a bit torn about the whole idea of procrastination. The whole process of creativity for me sometimes means that I have to step back sometimes and not push things. If I feel guilty about that, it doesn't solve anything so I have learned to let that go. Sometimes you need the time to think about where things are headed and sometimes that means a change of direction and sometimes it just means getting a bit of fresh air. The pressure of writing so much every day is just guilt inspiring, for me.

Nas Dean said...

Hi Liz,

All my best wishes for you to move past the murky middle and go foward!

Trisha said...

This week?!?! Try this month(s). I must be in the murky middle as well...only it's the middle of my revisions. I wish I could say I'd got other stuff done instead. I've done a tiny bit of organising in my home, but really it's still a big crap-infested mess! I want to throw out a lot of stuff, quick smart. Simplify my life a little.

Crystal Cheverie said...

Hah! What do I do when I want to procrastinate? I clean the house. Yup, you heard me, I clean. The. House. As in, busting out the Vim, the bleach, the rubber gloves, the Lysol wipes, and I just go to town.

I usually wait until the editing process has begun to do this. ;-)

Heather said...

Oh my! You are WAY TOO productive when you procrastinate! Holy cow...I procrastinate by reading a book or watching TV...

Liz Fichera said...

I wish that I could tell you that the procrastination has gotten less as the week has worn on. Not. ;-)

@Steph: Yes I do have a great scone recipe! I will post on the blog in the near future.

Jo Schaffer said...

The murky middle is the toughest!
I'm actually not procrastinating THIS week... but I did put off what I'm doing this week LAST week. (=

LTM said...

LOl! argh. That is a tough spot. I've been on a revision rampage, so my closets/house/self could sure use some cleaning.

I don't know. Any interesting character qualities/flaws that could be revealed through a mini-conflict? Just a thought~ <3

Francine Howarth said...

Hi,

Hee hee, what I'm doing now: blog-
hopping! ;)

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