Monday, August 15, 2011

Writing rituals

It’s bad. I’ll finally have the opportunity to write – kids in bed, husband settled in a different room – and I’ll sit down at my computer. But instead of facing that blank page, I’ll play a game on the computer. Or check my email. I’ll tell myself “Just one game,” or “Just a quick check.” But at least 15 minutes will be blown, and that’s if I’m lucky.

I’m a huge Sodoku-lover. I play the daily games on Yahoo. I also enjoy a little Spider Solitaire, Freecell, and Scrabble. I have trouble closing the game program until I’ve won once. And a quick check in email often leads to responding to Facebook comments or detailed email replies.

I justify the game-playing by claiming they help clear my mind of the day’s clutter so I can write. Really, the habit is pure procrastination!

Do you partake of any electronic procrastination tools—I mean mind-clearing activities—also?

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