What to do Instead of Writing Your Novel

03 Jun

Also known as “Procrastination at its Finest.”

  1. Actually open your textbook from school and read it.
  2. Clean your bedroom.
  3. Clean the bathroom.
  4. Do laundry.
  5. Turn the laundry room upside-down in an effort to find all those missing socks the dryer hid.
  6. Create a CD of songs that would be absolutely perfect if your future novel was turned into a movie.
  7. On that note, create a list of celebrities that you would cast as your main characters for your book’s movie.
  8. Watch a movie. You know, for inspirational purposes.
  9. Surf your favorite forums. Many of them have to do with writing, of course.
  10. Stare out the window.
  11. Take your dog for a walk.
  12. Worship your cat.
  13. Eat.
  14. Go grocery shopping after realizing that you ate all your food.
  15. Browse through a recipe book.
  16. Test every single one of your pens to be sure they have ink.
  17. Decide you don’t have enough pens, and buy some more.
  18. For the heck of it, buy notebooks, too. For the pens, duh.
  19. Make some scrapbooks with all those photos that you’ve been accumulating for years.
  20. Change the oil in your car.
  21. Change the oil in your siblings’/parents’/spouse’s/cousins’/grandparents’/friends’ car(s).
  22. Better make sure all those tires have enough air, too.
  23. Take a nap. You never know what kind of inspiring dreams you’ll have.
  24. Pinterest.
  25. WordPress.

It’s Day 3 of Camp NaNoWriMo! Are YOU behind on your novel yet?

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7 responses to “What to do Instead of Writing Your Novel

  1. bvedsted

    April 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Hmm, sounds like a good plan to me! But you forgot about feeding the goldfish and weeding the garden! 🙂


    • Kris P.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Haha, of course! With my luck, instead of weeding the flower garden, I would “flower the weed” garden. 😉


      • bvedsted

        April 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm

        I’ve done that once! I was ‘weeding’ like crazy until I found out it was the zinnia seedlings I was uprooting! lol


      • bvedsted

        April 10, 2013 at 11:19 am

        Thank you for following my blog!


  2. anyi

    July 21, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Reading this, along side all your points has probably been added to mine. Writing is a lot harder when you hone your procrastination skills everyday!


  3. Nelia de Villiers

    August 18, 2015 at 3:40 am

    This is so funny. My friend and I attended a writing school last week. We are so inspired but have not started. I will show her your list. 🙂 Thanx


  4. zzzhe

    January 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

    In my case of Things to Do Instead of Drawing I have #13 and #14 in repeat mode 😉 cheers for diversity!))

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