You can lick up the coffee you just spat out, I said ‘cunct’ not…the other word.
Cunctation – the action of delaying or putting off doing something.
In other words a convenient ‘C’ based synonym for procrastination…ahhh, now that word you’re all familiar with.
We all do it – the oh so familiar phrase “sod it, I’ll do it tomorrow” is never far from our lips. Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? Besides if you watch TV now instead of writing, the ideas you have for the next bestseller can percolate while you vegetate in front of that can’t be missed reality show…right?
Big fat wrong! Look, at that poor fat wrong. Please won’t you help it and get back to work? If you’re busy tapping away at your keyboard or scribbling words down, then the big fat wrong can jump on the treadmill and work it’s way back to a small thin right.
Procrastination is always an excuse – there is a huge difference between taking a break and putting something off. A break is planned and short. Procrastination can stretch on until…well, tomorrow. That might not seem so far away now, but you know what day it is tomorrow? When tomorrow hits it will be today and tomorrow will still be twenty-four hours away.
Tomorrow never comes.
And neither will that novel.
“Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open flames—to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.”
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L’Amour
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
― Pablo Picasso