Welcome Update #28


Rachel Flesch, Artistic Director

Hello again everyone. I once again have struggled with what to write here specifically after procrastinating till the last minute. Then I realized I could talk about my problem with procrastination. It's really more of a bad habit in the long run. If you've read my profile you know I'm the type of person who wants to do a little bit of everything. That's just it though; all I ever do is a little bit. Then I get bored or lose interest without finishing. Truth be told though I never really get bored or lose interest in anything, I just find something shiny and start saying I'll finish that on a rainy day. Then apparently Ohio doesn't have enough rainy days (yeah right) because nothing ever gets done.
Take this issue, I have stuff I still need to finish, and every day I wake up thinking about it (not kidding) but it never gets done. I'll do it because I have to, but only because I know certain other staff members enjoy crime shows and by now probably know how to clean up all the evidence after a murder. Truth be told though I do it for the magazine, for my team, and for my Palmer Grove friends and family. No, I'm not being cheesy or saying what I should say, I'm saying what I mean.
Let’s move back on track because I was starting to procrastinate away from the topic at hand. November, as some may know, is known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. It's something I've wanted to participate in for a good five years now. I've always wanted to write a novel, so naturally a month dedicated to it was perfect for someone who wants to do a little bit of everything. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It's quite a feat; it's an average of 1,667 words per day. Thinking about that I figured, "that's going to be so easy!" I had a story in mind, one that had been in my head since sophomore year of high school except I planned to tweak and twist it from a medieval fantasy to a modern young adult fantasy. 

The first week and a half went great, I was good about staying on task, and even getting further than I was supposed to be... but around 22,000 words I kind of tanked. I lost interested in my own story. I loved the story, and I still do, but I just was burnt out and had gotten to the point that I was rambling, and over describing things to reach my goal before midnight each night. I wasn't caring about my work anymore. It was my competitive spirit coming out with the goal of simply winning the race. Even then though I could still keep up... but about day 14, I procrastinated. I decided to skip my words for the day and just do them the next day, then the next day, and the day after that, and well by day 19 I was overwhelmed and quit all together. 

November's over and yes I've picked back up the novel and gone in to tweak and twist some things so it's back on track, but it was hard. Ultimately do I regret procrastinating on it? Yes. However, this is the one time I think procrastination played out in my favor, it made me realize that taking time to smell the roses actually helped me love what I was doing again. It brought purpose to my writing.
So in the end while some see my procrastination as a bad thing, it's not always terrible. It never hurts to take a step back in life and simmer for a bit.

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