Having just set up a page for weekly writing goals it seems appropriate that I should now write about the art of avoidance. Writers don’t have a monopoly on avoidance, but we do excel at it. At least I do. When the writing process gets tough my resolve takes a hike and I allow myself to become preoccupied with other things, like the dogs, or the fact that I have diabetes. The latter provides a wealth of evasion tactics, too weary being the most popular excuse. In fact, I caught myself engaging in it this morning after a baby bout of insomnia last night.
Here are ten clever ways to practice the art of avoidance without having to admit to it:
- Write a list of creative writing goals and spend too much time editing it
- Take another coffee break
- Make a sandwich
- Look everything up, including how to spell avoidance
- Spend too much time researching for your project
- Spend several hours working out the perfect playlist to accompany your creative burst that will happen any moment now
- Search the internet for original character names – the meaning of the name is important, isn’t it?
- Reread your work over and over before it’s even finished
- The dog is upset, better see what the matter is
- And my personal favourite: stare out the window until you go cross-eyed
There are many more ways to avoid writing, but these are the ones I employ most. How about you?
The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing. Alan Dean Foster