- Bold Statement. The writer announces to the world that they intend to spend tomorrow writing. They set themselves a target based on either word count or a number of chapters to be completed. As the writer finishes their speech they will let out a loud sigh of contentment and stare out of the window with a dreamy expression on their face. The thought of writing all day tomorrow fills them with such joy.
- False Expectations. In the run up to spending tomorrow writing the writer will reveal a number of false expectations. This will involve saying stuff like “I will hammer out that first chapter in no time tomorrow!” and “by this time tomorrow I will have 2,000 words under my belt and I will be cracking open the fizz to celebrate!”
- Swift Change of Priorities. Tomorrow arrives and the writer leaps out of bed ready to spend the entire day writing. As they sit down at their writing desk and stare at a blank screen they suddenly get a powerful urge to go do something more important. Writing is no longer a priority when the garage needs clearing out, the leaves in the street need sweeping, a couple of motivational quotes need to be tweeted, the cutlery drawer tray needs rearranging and fluff in the carpet needs to be plucked out by hand.
- Deep Procrastination. The writer is in deep procrastination mode, whilst on their hands and knees, plucking out bits of fluff from their carpet. They might be overheard muttering “I am so glad I have the time to do this pressing job!” If a loved one enters the room and questions the writer on what they are doing they might receive a sarcastic comment, an angry glare or even a teary outburst. You see the writer knows exactly what they are doing – NOT WRITING! A writer suffers with writer guilt and admitting to their loved one that they are performing a meaningless and pointless task instead of writing would bring on a huge bout of guilt. So, its best for the writer to make out that plucking out bits of fluff from the carpet is a job that needs to be done….by hand.
- Day Write Off. The day is written off by about mid afternoon. No writing was going to be done after the writer declared that the the attic needed a makeover. They leapt into action, whipping up some arty decorations, for a room that none of the family inhabit on a regular basis. Their laptop screen will have remained blank all day. They reassured themselves with phrases like “I wasn’t in the mood for writing today!” and “I think I am a bit tired!”
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