When Procrastination Strikes–the NaNoWriMo story

I haven’t told you guys much about my NaNoWriMo manuscript, because it’s been collecting proverbial dust. Can Microsoft Word docs collect dust? Would it be a dustbyte? (You know, like a terabyte, or some other kinda byte…right?)

(Oh man, the jokes just get worse people. That’s why I generally write things that make people cry or creep them out.)

I figured it was about time for me to bring it up again. I can’t go on pretending like it didn’t happen. Or that I forget about it. That’s the thing about procrastination, you do other things, EXCEPT for the thing that you really want/should to do. Instead you’re doing the other things. Maybe the reluctance is out of fear, confusion, anxiety or just plain orneriness. While you’re doing those other things that you’ve decided have “priority” like cleaning out the fridge or watching that marathon of The Big Bang Theory…you’re still thinking about the thing that you’re avoiding. At least that’s how it works with my treacherous brain. Those of you have that ability to just totally push it out of your mind, I salute you. ::tips hat:: And I ask that you teach me your ways.

Please? I’ve got wine. And cookies. (Procrastinators love wine and cookies.)

You know how you do something silly? And you record it and you put it on YouTube? And then you’re all like, “Whatever, YOLO.” And then you immediately think, “Oh hell, I’m glad I only thought YOLO and didn’t say it out loud.” And then you say it to your boyfriend while making stupid hand gestures, because it gets on his nerves and YOLO?


Ok cool.

Asking for a friend.

Here’s my latest video where I talk about this manuscript. I think I’m over procrastinating now. Plus I have a dandy new shirt.

Is there something that you’ve been putting off for a while that you’re taking on in this new year? Let me know in the comments!


Aloha y’all! 


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8 Responses to When Procrastination Strikes–the NaNoWriMo story

  1. I’m nearing the end of a first draft and the momentum is slowing down like molasses that is too old. The second draft? Eww.
    Man…is it worth publishing when you feel like the first draft is daft drat? LOL That’s what I feel like mine is like. Maybe I should just crank out a non-fiction book and call it good. LOL
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    • Tamara Woods

      I’m pretty sure my first draft is in a state of confusion. I’ve gotta bring her out of it. With a lot of words and edits. lol. I think most writers feel their novel’s first draft is a hot mess. And those who don’t, are definitely lucky.

      I’m definitely going to write a few nonfiction books, probably not until next year. I have this idea that’s been sitting in the back of my mind. I’m going to address it at some point.

  2. Procrastination is my husbands go to word…………….just saying
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  3. Brain farts and tears. You actually had me laughing so loud on that one that I woke up the cat!

    I am so impressed that you finished NaNoWriMo. And I can’t wait to see what you manage to do during the revision process. It’s gonna be awesome, I just know it.
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  4. Hey! I, too, did the NaNo dance.

    I’ve mostly kept mine in the “I’ll look at it later” pile. Fortunately (maybe?), it’s the middle story of a trilogy. I’m writing the last book right now, but I occasionally have to go back and retcon earlier stuff in the first two books. When that happens, I will open it up and touch it and do stuff with it.

    I also admit I do the fangirl thing sometimes, particularly with chapters 18, 19, and 20, ’cause those include the run up to and ahem interlude and fallout from the sexay times. Awkward middle-aged people FTW!

    In the meantime, I’m jealous of your NaNo tee (I should get one, m’self. Maybe next payday after the dreaded quarterly tax bill beast has been slaughtered) and your weather. This is Boston. I will undoubtedly be writing something wintry soon. You know, write what you know. 😉
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    • Tamara Woods

      Mine is allegedly the first of a duology, however, it won’t be the first of anything unless I get my butt in gear! It sounds like even if you’re not moving on the NaNo projects, you’re working on other ones related to it, which is pretty important.

      You should get the tee! I waited until after the pre-sale. For some reason the shipping was cheaper for me, but that may have been just a glitch. It’s definitely going to be my sleep shirt.

      The weather is gorgeous here. There’s been no humidity and the trade winds are blowing. Lovely.

      It’s good to see you Janet!

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