Lately I’ve been dealing with procrastination when it comes to writing my novel.  I’ve found the perfect excuse to delay—working online jigsaw puzzles!

I allow myself one puzzle of 150 mosaic pieces in the morning along with one online sudoku.  Then, I turn to the day’s task.  But, after about an hour, I’m thinking maybe it’s time for another puzzle and I work one with square pieces.  On bad days I work three puzzles.

Reasons for procrastination include perfectionism.  I’ll mark that off the list; I got over it a long time ago.  The next is abdication, waiting for things to happen rather than making them happen.  Intellectually I know if I don’t write no one is going to do it for me so I can’t use that excuse.  The next is being overwhelmed with too big a task.  Since I’ve written other novels that are unpublished, I’m not going with that excuse either.

The last one is uncertainty; being unsure how to do the task.  I believe that’s what’s driving my jigsaw mania.  I’m waiting for inspiration!  But inspiration might never come.  What I really need to do is keep writing even if I’m not enthused.    As Peter De Vries said, “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”

So, I plan to follow my own advice as soon as I finish my jigsaw puzzle.