Well yes, procrastination. Something I’m very good at. I’m currently working on my third novel but I haven’t yet written a word – though, in my defence, I do have an outline.
Why haven’t I written a word yet? My answer would be that I’m thinking. Thinking, I would argue, helps me generate links and pulls threads together. I can now tell myself I’m almost ready to sit down and write – just a few more lumps to iron out in my mind. Transitions are especially tricky. Re-introducing characters into their new settings, giving them tasks, these too are taking up my thinking time. I need to kill an elderly lady – she has to die – I don’t want to do it as I’m very fond of her but…
Does taking time out to think of other things – do other jobs, fill one’s time in seemingly unproductive ways, mean productivity is somehow hampered, or worse – killed?
I don’t believe so – at least not in my experience. I come back knowing what I need to do and how to do it. That elusive solution has popped into my head and untangled the knot of strangled creativity.
Procrastination can be a good thing.