My last entry was about procrastination. Let’s get deeper into that subject. Can you tell there’s a project I’m struggling with? Why do you think we writers blog? It’s all about pretending to be writing, and convincing ourselves we are truly writing, when what we’re really doing is avoiding the writing we’re supposed to be doing.
I actually have four projects I’m working on right now. Three of them are going along just fine. The fourth is like pulling teeth. Which project is it, you may ask? The answer is… I ain’t gonna tell you. Because if I do, what if that particular publisher and/or producer is reading my blog. How embarrassing would it be if they called me to tell me they read all about how I was avoiding working on their book and/or script, and don’t I know the deadline was last month, and I had better be able to move time backwards because this isn’t middle school, and the consequence of a late book and/or script is much more severe than a failing grade. Actually, I agree with them. The entertainment and/or publishing industry is not like middle school at all. But it does closely resemble high school. In fact, someone famous whose name currently escapes me once said that “The entertainment industry is like high school with money.”
But I digress. Our focus was on procrastination, and how effectively we, as a species can do things like make lists of all the things we need to do, and then realize we have so many lists, we need to make a list of our lists. And then alphabetize them. And then color-code them. And then buy a new program, or classy leather organizer to house our alphabetized, color-coded lists of lists. Because we may not ever actually get anything done, but we at least we can be organized about not doing it! How do you procrastinate when you really should be doing something productive? Make me a list.