My Writing

Day 26: Dithering and Dawdling

Write about your worst habit.

Hi. My name is Rachel, and I’m a procrastinator.

That’s the first step, isn’t it? Admitting the problem? I probably would have done it sooner but there was a new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Netflix.

I do find that this particular bad habit can hinder my writing ever so slightly. As you may have noticed, it’s taken me a bit longer than 30 days to do this 30 Day Writing Challenge. That’s because I don’t really handle writer’s block very well. If I don’t know what to write then my mind just wanders. And as my mind wanders my body follows it. Let’s take today for example.

I sat down to write this piece about an hour ago. I got to the first line and then had to stop. I’ve admitted my bad habit, now where do I go? Well the kitchen obviously, that’s where the kettle is. So off I trot to make myself a cup of coffee.

Right, kettle boiled and coffee made so let’s sit back down and write this post. The blank page is taunting me. How about I just quickly check Facebook. Just for a second. Oh look, a Buzzfeed article about Disney, that looks funny.

Hang on a second, my friend posted a link to turning yourself into a Peanuts character, I wanna get in on that. They don’t have an option for red hair. Rude. I guess I’ll have to be a brunette. Yeah I guess she looks like me.

Well that was fun. I kinda have to pee now so I guess I’ll go do that. I may as well take my contacts out while I’m in the bathroom. Wait, where did I leave my glasses? Why do I always take my contacts out before I find my glasses? They’re not in my room where I normally leave them. I guess I’ll have to spend ten minutes blindly looking for my glasses. Oh yeah, now I remember, I put them in my handbag.

My coffee mug is empty. Right, kettle back on again and back to this post.

That is basically my writing life. I get there eventually. It’s only taken me an hour and a half to write this post. It probably would have been slightly less if I hadn’t gone back to Buzzfeed to get the link for the Disney article and ended up watching this video of Anne Hathaway seeing Mariah Carey on the red carpet, How cute is she??

Anyway, I got there in the end. One blog post written, courtesy of procrastination and coffee.

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