In the meantime, I find hundred of ways to delay/avoid tasks ranging from taxes to grocery shopping. Are you sitting there shaking your head in agreement? Are you reading this instead of tackling your daily word quota?
Whether you're avoiding the dreaded synopsis or (like me) yet another round of revisions, the Internet is the front runner in fun ways to procrastinate--far better than laundry or rearranging your underwear drawer.
I recently heard about an online editing tool you can find at ProWriting Aid. You can try it for free. Apparently my writing (or the bit they analyzed--Chapter 1) was cliché free, but had a lot of "sticky" sentences which slow the reader down. The site also searches for plagiarism, diction and several other issues. It actually gives specifics and suggestions, not just general observations. Plug in a large section of text, read every comment and you can easily burn of hour of time.
Not having wasted enough time, I moved on to a website called I Write Like This site analyzes a passage of your work, and tells you whom you most resemble. Apparently I write like David Foster Wallace, James Joyce, or Stephen King. (I tried it three times with different pieces of my manuscripts.) I'd like to think the King comparison is most accurate because, hey, he's a great author and I could never fight my way through Ulysses.
So, now that I've wasted an inordinate amount of time surfing the net and writing this blog, I'd be interested in hearing who YOU write like.
Post a comment to let me know. And please add any other favourite procrastination devices that will save me from my revisions.