Monday, February 11, 2013

The Art of Creative Procrastination

We all do it. Find interesting ways to pretend we're doing something productive while not actually getting anything done. One of my newest methods of creative procrastination actually led to what will be a regular feature of this blog for a while. Someone at Scribophile coined the term "casturbation" - essentially it's deciding who you would want to play your characters if your book ever got made into a movie. So, I've been having fun with that. So far I have "cast" both of my MC's and a currently unnamed character that is temporarily being referred to as "the second puppetmaster." So, my way of turning this little act of procrastination into something semi-productive is that I'm going to have a feature on here where I introduce my characters and I'll include a picture of the actor I can see in that role.

Speaking of names, that's another of my favourite forms of procrastination - trying to find the right names for these people. It took me weeks to finally name my FMC (Catalina, Catie for short). Of course, in my defence that was at least in part because I kept coming up with names that I liked for a time, then decided didn't really work. I am now running with the theory that the fact that I refer to her as Catie in my head rather than Mia (her boyfriend's pet name for her), means that I have found her real name. And I have also finally named her boyfriend, and we won't discuss how long that took me, either. (Elijah, Eli for short) And yet, other names just came to me and stuck. I don't pretend to understand.

And finally, my last favourite form of creative procrastination is to look for pictures, not only of the characters, but of the settings. So far, I have pictures of Eli's office in the Club and his office at home. I have a ton more to find, but it's kind of fun. I'll also include the settings in my "introducing..." feature.

Finally... I am hereby setting myself a schedule. Mondays will be my days to post a normal post on my writing process and things of that nature, and on Fridays I'll introduce you to a character or setting.

So, what's your favourite method of "creative procrastination?"

And that is my semi-coherent ramble for today. Come back on Friday to meet Catalina

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