Friday, November 11, 2011

Ten Ways to Procrastinate

In honor of week two of NaNoWriMo, I’ve made a list of ways to procrastinate instead of writing. I’ve even added justification for the procrastination in the parentheses. Bonus!

If you’re not participating in NaNoWriMo, I’m confident you can use this list to learn new ways to procrastinate on all kinds of things. The sky is the limit!

  1. Write a post about how to procrastinate (Blogging is marketing.)
  2. Sign up for Pinterest (For inspiration, of course.)
  3. Clean the house (This will help your spouse forgive you for all the time spent on your novel.)
  4. Create a new Pandora station (You need music to write, right?)
  5. Visit the NaNoWriMo forums (75,000 other NaNo participants are on there right now. Why shouldn’t you be there?)
  6. Go to the store and buy more chocolate and coffee. (What will you talk about on twitter and the NaNo forums if you don’t have these things on hand?)
  7. Check Twitter and Facebook (Because you need to make sure no one else is procrastinating.)
  8. Check your email (Someone important may have emailed you at 11:32pm or 11:34pm or 11:37pm.)
  9. Go shopping on (Research! You need to accurately describe your character’s shoes.)
  10. Check your word count again (Maybe it magically increased while you were reading this)

How do you procrastinate?


  1. :) Love this. I got lots of NaNo done this morning because the wi-fi was out at the coffee shop where I went. :D

  2. Thanks for all the new ideas! I needed some new excuses! Mine are boring. Im not doing NaNo but I still have sooooo many projects to do.
    Great get back to work.

  3. Hilarious!!! All good reasons to procrastinate. Hope you're getting lots of writing time in today! I am procrastinating cleaning by reading blogs, because it's important to connect with others. ;)

  4. This is great! I laughed and thought, "Is she checking my internet history...?" a few times! :)

  5. Loved #10. :) I wish my word count could increase on it's own.

  6. Ha, ha! I think my biggest way to procrastinate is to think I'm too tired today or I won't get much done in the time I have, rather than just sitting down and writing. Great post.