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Apr 03

C is for Cunctation

You can lick up the coffee you just spat out, I said ‘cunct’ not…the other word.

Cunctationthe 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.

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“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.”

—George Singleton

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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

― Louis L’Amour

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“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”

― Pablo Picasso

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pint

Back on with the novel as soon as I finish this pint – I swear!

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  1. Liz Brownlee

    Well, that is nice word to add to my vocabulary. I do this a lot. I am guilty, M’Lud. I admit it. Ok, Ok, Ok. Except during the A-Z Challenge. i feel there should be a challenge every month of the year.

  2. Mandie

    In high school, I once wrote a paper on the benefits of procrastination. I wrote it the night before it was due and got an A. Lol what can I say? I’m a rebel.

    1. Steven Chapman

      Nothing quite so inspirational as last minute panic 😛

  3. Colin

    I like that Picasso quote. I’m fairly certain that idea is lodged in my head somewhere, which is why I hate unfinished projects. 🙂

    1. Steven Chapman

      I hate them as well, but I do seem to have a knack for collecting them.

  4. L.M. Towton

    I did this today instead of painting a plaque order >_>
    Admittedly, I was knackered from two swimfit sessions this morning… er *eyes time* yesterday morning.
    We did write over 500 words of a short story this evening though, so… balance.

    ~M~

    1. Steven Chapman

      Doing one productive thing in place of another productive thing isn’t procrastination…unless the thing you put off keeps getting moved to the bottom of the list.

  5. Julianne Snow (@CdnZmbiRytr)

    So true! Tomorrow never does come…

    1. Steven Chapman

      Which is a shame because tomorrow is Saturday…

  6. Charlotte Comley

    Never put off til tomorrow what you can do today! Nice to connect and follow
    http://aimingforapublishingdeal.blogspot.co.uk/

    1. Steven Chapman

      Thanks – heading over to your blog now 🙂

  7. Liz Young

    That photo really worries me – the pint doesn’t look sturdy enough to use as a book rest! I wonder what work you’re going to use when you get to P – and Perhaps by then I shall have stopped CunCtuating!

    1. Steven Chapman

      It was hefty enough – although the pint cost more than the book so I guess I should have a little more careful!

  8. Luke Walker (@lukewalkerbooks)

    Good pic. Now I want a pint. Is it too early for one?

    1. Steven Chapman

      It’s never too early for a pint!

      1. Luke Walker (@lukewalkerbooks)

        Heading out for one in about half an hour. Which is nice.

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