Without giving away the plot of what must be the next bestseller, I really must ponder the fine line between wasting time and honest-to-goodness research. In the last three days, I must have spent at least 10 hours trying to find out where the nearest railroad lines were to a spot I’ve picked on the map. Of course, this is not a contemporary novella, and it takes place in the west where railway systems popped up and died out by the dozens each decade.
When it comes down to it, it’s all backstory, with references that may come up as a sentence here… or there. Does that mean I’m a slave to authenticity? No. Because I will likely have to blur those lines anyway. So what was the point? I mean, I’ve MADE UP the story, so I CAN change it, right?
And I haven’t even written 95% of it yet, so why are such details so important?
I don’t know.
Well, maybe I do. It did keep me from actually having to write.
I love to write, or 'to have written', and once I get going, I certainly can get obsessive about a story. I've NaNoWriMo'd 50k, and blown through 70k in 3 weeks (love being in the zone).
I'd worry, if I'd never heard of Postponing Syndrome among my writing peers. But I'm not alone!!
We all find ways to procrastinate, even for things we enjoy. What do you put off?