The Art of Procrastination

By Lynn McPherson 

There is a time in every author’s life that they are not in the mood for writing. For some, it comes in at predictable points–when they are struggling with a scene or a chapter. For others, it comes in waves, like during the onset of the Covid pandemic or during a summer heatwave. So what should an author do when the words just aren’t coming? Most importantly, don’t panic. The tendency to stew in a bubble of guilt and shame may be hard to avoid but beating yourself up will do you no good. Instead, why not try one of these three tips? You may have heard them before but some things deserve repeating…

1. Read!
Does this seem obvious? Maybe, but it’s still worth noting. With so many great book in existence, and more out every day, reading is always a good option.

2. Meditate?
Everyone is saying so, and it’s true. Nothing clears the mind better. There’s no need for a four-hour session. Why not sit quietly for ten minutes and see how it goes? The only goal is to clear your mind of thoughts and distractions. Ready to give it a try? I dare you.

3. Go Outside.
Mother nature provides us with a great way to get rid of stress. Fresh air and exercise does the body–and mind–good. Even if it’s not a balmy eighty degrees, it’s still worthwhile. As a wise friend reminded me last winter, it’s not too cold outside if you’re in the right gear. That goes for rain, wind, sun, or snow. Toss out the excuses and go for a stroll.

 There are loads of options for taking a break. What is your favorite way to decompress?

Lynn McPherson has worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, ran a small business, and taught English across the globe. She has travelled the world solo where her daring spirit has led her to jump out of airplanes, dive with sharks, and learn she would never master a surfboard. She now channels her lifelong love of adventure and history into her writing, where she is free to go anywhere, anytime. Her cozy series has three books out: The Girls’ Weekend Murder and The Girls Whispered Murder, and The Girls Dressed For Murder.   

6 replies
  1. Mark Baker
    Mark Baker says:

    Just sit and stare. And I'm feeling the need to do that again. Unfortunately, I do it best when I'm not at home thinking of all the (mostly fun) things I'd like to be doing.

    • Lynn McPherson
      Lynn McPherson says:

      I can relate. It feels like a lifetime ago that Saturday night consisted of more than just SNL and popcorn! Thanks for your note, Mark.

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