Procrastination is something best put off until tomorrow

So says Gerald Vaughan.

At the moment I seem to have a hundred projects on the go, but can’t seem to focus on one long enough to make any kind of headway.

It got me thinking: do I just make up new projects to get excited about so I don’t have to commit to the ones of merit that require the extra mile to get them finished?

Example A. Brilliant (according to me) short story idea that has been plaguing my brain for months and is begging to be written down has now been superceded by fleeting concept of YA novel that has proven all consuming for the mouse-on-wheel-in-my-head. Outcome – neither going anywhere fast!

Example B. 279 pages into draft manuscript of a story that I love and am proud of gets bumped to the side (when the going got a little tough if I am to be honest) to focus on another MS idea that has taken over aforementioned mouse. Outcome – neither going anywhere fast!

Ok, so I have started a new job this week, plus keeping up my night job, plus keeping the family fed and watered, so maybe I should ease up on the self flagellation.

I did manage to produce an entry for the AWHA flash and short story comp last week so that’s something. And I am determined (ahem) to brush off draft MS (as mentioned in Example B) and polish it up for Hachette MDP, and …. and …

Ah heck, only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday!

Happy writing, happy reading, and happy days. 🙂

Rebecca Fraser

About Rebecca Fraser

Rebecca Fraser is an Australian author, with a solid career of writing with influence across a variety of mediums. To provide her muse with life’s essentials she content writes for the corporate world; however her true passion lies in storytelling. Rebecca’s short stories, poems, and flash fiction have appeared in numerous Australian and international anthologies, magazines, and journals since 2007. She actively engages in various writing communities and holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and a Certificate of Publishing (Copy Editing & Proofreading). Rebecca is passionate about sharing her skills and knowledge, and after several years of mentoring beginner writers and helping emerging writers achieve their creative dreams, she developed StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops for aspiring writers of every age and ability. Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean released by IFWG Publishing Australia is her first novel. It combines her love of the ocean with her passion for speculative fiction. For more information about Rebecca, you can visit her website www.writingandmoonlighting.com, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @becksmuse
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One Response to Procrastination is something best put off until tomorrow

  1. Janis Hanley says:

    Hey Bec,
    I can so relate to this. The bright new shiny idea is always so much more attractive than the hard slog of perfecting or even finishing a piece … and there is life that just keeps happening as well.

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