#WriteMotivation Monday: Preprastination with a Side of #XmasinJuly

It’s Monday. Y’know what that means?

If you guessed, Becks watched a lot of 30 Rock this weekend, you would be right. You would also be correct in assuming she asked that question just so she could use that fabulous gif. She got a few things done, let her personal training sister destroy her ass at a boot camp, and watched The Man play a lot of Dark Souls. And went to a one-year-old’s birthday party. Which was better than one might think because his parents are awesome and are more like “Drink margaritas!” than “TALK ONLY ABOUT MY CHILD OR PERISH!”

  1. Finish plotting and start drafting Code Title: BIG BEN. An eensy bit of progress here. I’ve come up with a starting point and some character details on the MC. Still need to do a bit more world development before I’m comfortable diving into intense outlining. I like to get that shit well and truly to the side first. Call it procrastination if you will; I call it…preparation. Well, it’s both. It’s preprastination.
  2. Finish all remaining crits. Finished! Woohoo! The Voice Team crits got accomplished last weekend, and yesterday I polished off all the other crits I had in my inbox. So unless I get more, I’m good with these for awhile.
  3. Brainstorm potential alternate beginnings and/or other revisions to PD. I’ve got a new starting point. I don’t know if it’s THE AWESOME MANUSCRIPT-SAVING STARTING POINT OF AMAZEBALLS, but I like it. It has potential. I think it might turn out all right. We’ll see.
  4. Repurposing old fanfic. I don’t think I can do it. I just don’t think I can. The more I think on it, the more I know I would just hate myself for doing it. I’m going to take a nice, big safety step away from that slippery slope and let it go.

Submission window for the Christmas in July contest is NOW until Sometime-That-Is-Later-Than-Now. *goes to check* 3:00 EST. Go email Ruth L. Stevens and Michelle Krys your query and first 500 words.

I’m not actually taking part in this one (shocker!), and I’m excited to sit back and watch. With a mojito. Because it’s still effing summertime despite the “cool down” we got today.

It’s a new week, people. Go be awesome.

24 thoughts on “#WriteMotivation Monday: Preprastination with a Side of #XmasinJuly

  1. I have decided to adopt your word: Preprastination is the best of both worlds 😀 There is unlikely to be a crit from me in your inbox for some time. Baby brain isn’t letting me work the way I usually do. Need more time 😦

    Your July looks like it’s off to a great start, and I applaud you for backing away from 4 ❤

    1. That’s okay, hon – you just keep drafting away and growing a person. That’s still a lot of progress.

      Yeah…it was kind of fun/silly to think about, but it was just never going to be something I was comfortable with.

  2. I have learned two new words in this post. “Amazeballs” and “Preprastination”. Thank you for the new additions to my vocabulary. I will be sure to use them in front of my wife to annoy her. 😀 I will, of course, blame you. As I blame you for a lot of things…like encouraging me to become obsessed with writing to the point where I don’t sleep sometimes. This is your fault. Of course, it’s also your and KT’s fault that I started and now finished my first draft. ALL. YOUR. FAULT. :-p

    I agree with the stepping away from the fanfic stuff.

    1. Hurrah! I aim to contribute to the English language… 😉

      And yeah, the more I thought about it, the more I went, “Seriously? You already have guilt problems and you think you’ll be okay with this? That’s right – I didn’t think so.”

  3. Well done in crossing out a completed goal, and knocking one off the list you don’t feel right about. Keep at it!! And yes, I agree with everyone above. “Preprastination” is so right now, and it’s so what I’m doing as well 🙂 Thanks for making me feel not alone in it!!

  4. *chuckles* Sounds like a fun party to me. 🙂 I’m adopting that preprastination, I do a lot of that. XD
    1. YAY!
    2. You shouldn’t end up with anything else to crit from me this month, at this rate either. Possibly sometime in the next couple months, though.
    3. Awesome. If I can help, let me know.

    *hugs and <3s*

    1. I think preprastination is a vital part of most writers’ lifestyles. 🙂

      2. Yeah, I think for all of our talk of staggering, we might all end up finishing around the same time. WIP swap!
      3. Absolutely – will do.
      4. 🙂 Yeah, I really wasn’t 100% serious, and it just was too icky to comprehend.

  5. i wanna join the fan club of preprastination! i could so be the vice president, not the secretary, i’m not good at keeping track of things. and good job marking something off your goals already. damn it! everyone is doing that except me. see what a good preprastination vp i’d be? think about it!

  6. Good work with your progress towards your goals for the month and for realizing that one of them might not be a direction you want to go after all. Good luck with the rest of the month!

  7. Oh, please finish up with number one. Then write that thing up and get it published because I want to read it.

    And huzzah for progress, even if it’s realizing when not to do something. 😉

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