James Proclaims (4)

As I explained yesterday, I’m a little behind on Writing 101. It doesn’t matter. It’s not like they’re going to kick me off the course or that it’ll affect my final grade. I don’t even get a final grade. I should get a final grade. It would clearly be an A.

Having said that, if I manage to complete Friday’s task today then I’ll be back up to date.

So I’m going to try to do just that.

Will I succeed?

The tension is palpable.

Ok I’ll put you out of your misery. I did succeed and the fruits of my labour can be found below.

The fifth assignment of Writing 101 was to write a post inspired by a ‘tweet’.

As in something that someone else wrote, in 140 characters or less, on the popular social media platform,Twitter.

I am on Twitter as it goes, though I’m not very good at it. Mostly I just post links to this blog.

But sometimes I read other tweets. I predominantly follow other bloggers so I usually see tweets that are links to their blogs.

Sometimes they tweet other things that amuse and entertain me though. Conversely, I rarely tweet anything that is worthwhile. Apparently 140 characters just isn’t my medium.

As it happens, my own relationship with Twitter is irrelevant because the Writing 101 assignment came with a choice of pre-selected tweets for us to use as inspiration.

It’s fairly hard to motivate myself to write a post inspired by a tweet written a year ago by someone I neither know personally nor, in fact, have ever heard of. But given that I was feeling demotivated and liable to procrastinate I chose this one:

It’s quite witty and actually it doesn’t really need a response because it neatly encapsulates an idea that is profoundly clear to anyone who reads it. I can’t write anything that is going to add much to this.

But a response was required by Writing 101 so I have written one. It is this:

Procrastination is essential to creativity, if the procrastination in question is a reaction to something else entirely. Some of my most creative writing happened when I was at university. But it happened when I should have been writing essays about French literature not humorous stories about magical penguins (and fat giraffes). I never once had a university assignment that asked me to write a parody of Start Trek. But I did just that when I should have been writing about Moliere.

I was never top of the class, but I achieved mediocre grades, thanks in no small way to some pretty creative procrastination.

On the other hand, it took me two years to write a second-rate novel that I then couldn’t be bothered to edit properly because writing and editing a novel was exactly what I wanted to achieve at that particular time.

I’m always much more creative when I have other things I should be doing.

18 thoughts on “I can’t decide if it actually would have been better to procrastinate than to write this post

    1. I put it on Smashwords – it wasn’t ever going to get me an agent but I figured I’d put enough work in to indulge in self-publishing, especially because it’s free these days. There’s a link at the bottom of the page (it’s called Jogging Along).

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      1. I used to have an epublishing company (editing and the whole bit), so I remember Smashwords. We stopped using them because 1.) after a while they gobbled up the profits and 2.) we realized most of their stuff was smut which made everything we published look like smut.

        There’s a new site out there called Tablo.io (based in Australia, I believe) where you can input short stories and novels for free and they’ll auto send them to Amazon/Apple. Haven’t used them yet, but I’m thinking about them as a backup for my own book.

        I’m no editor, but if you want a writing partner- a second set of eyes to run over gnarly paragraphs and whatnot, I’m looking for one, too. Send me a direct message on Twitter if you’re interested so I can send you my email addy.

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      2. Yeah there is some dodgy stuff on Smashwords, but that particular novel is free so the profit thing isn’t such an issue. Would definitely like a writing partner for when I do finally produce something of commercial value, although I have nothing but this blog on the go at the moment, I’m hoping I’ll find the time to be more creative soon. I’ll be in touch via other social media shortly…

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  1. You are right about creativity striking you when you are engaged in doing something that important, urgent, and totally uninspiring – at a time when you don’t even have the time to park your creative idea on a piece of paper…

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  2. I wrote Seven on Sunday yesterday morning. Procrastinated all week long, when usually I try to keep a draft going all week. Nothing like a deadline to spark some creativity, though I don’t think that really worked for me yesterday. That’s the thing about creativity – one minute you have it and the next minute you don’t and you never know what to expect. I think developing a good writing practice is key in order to let all the good and bad writing cycle through and then pull out the parts worth developing. But what do I know?! I’m procrastinating on writing my next post.

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  3. In the end I published it on Smashwords so that I could get on with writing the next one. But the second part of that plan hasn’t really happened yet…


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