How Writers Avoid Writing

Check out this totally awesome cover I designed last night using a free trial from Photoshop and my free weekly download photo from iStock!

Okay, it’s really not that impressive as far as covers go, and it really doesn’t give you the slightest clue what the story is actually about (minus the setting).  Plus I didn’t know how to use Photoshop, so it took me way too long to create this very basic cover. Also, I was supposed to be writing, not goofing. . . yes, again.
HOWEVER, I totally made it myself.  That’s the cool part.  Also, keep in mind that I’m a writer, not a
graphic designer.  I’m looking for a smile and a pat on the head here, whether you like it or not, so go ahead and save back your scathing criticisms for the first novel I actually publish.

Here’s why:  I was supposed to be finishing up this YA novel, Don’t Feel, before the start of NaNoWriMo.  I’m in a very serious time crunch trying to make this deadline, so I’ve responded to that extra pressure with an extreme case of avoidance.  Apparently this is part of my author persona only, as in my day job, I would just get my crap done, instead of dragging my feet.

Anyway, I seriously hate ending novels.  It turns me into a reluctant writer.  Not only is writing a good ending a huge challenge (which could be fun but currently seems overwhelming), but I also just hate it when a good story ends.  In this case, I have the power to stop the story from coming to an end by simply refusing to write the ending, so I am.  I’m sticking it to my own novel, which is so incredibly mature of me.  It is a strong possibility that I learned this behavior from my middle school students, or even if it isn’t, I figure I can go ahead and try to blame them for this. 
Now, I should be working on the novel again this evening, but instead I am continuing the trend.  Today I have found all kinds of new ways to procrastinate.  I set up a new author gmail account with matching Twitter, YouTube, Goodreads, and now Blogger accounts.  Now I’m all set to promote the novels I haven’t finished writing . . . or editing . . . or querying . . . or selling.  
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2 Replies to “How Writers Avoid Writing”

  1. Actually, I think it’s good first go. Photoshop has a steep learning curve.

    Also, kudos for you perseverance with NaNoWriMo. It sounds like you had an uphill battle the first few days. Good luck!

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