1. Have lots of houseguests.
2. When houseguests leave, decide you deserve a day or two spent just sitting around doing nothing.
3. Decide to cook an elaborate meal.
4. Decide you’re going to have this one totally mapped out before you start, so you can write it quickly.
5. Decide just writing it all out in your notebook isn’t good enough.
6. Decide you need notecards to write each scene on, and you can then rearrange them as needed.
7. Go to three different stores looking for notecards.
8. Decide you need colored notecards, not plain white.
9. Spend half an hour deciding what color-coding you’re going to use.
10. Start writing scenes on the cards.
11. Get distracted by TV.
12. Put the cards up, because the baby wants your pen.
13. Get great new idea for hero’s motivation. Scrap all notes and start again.
14. Decide you deserve break. Shop on internet for things you won’t buy.
15. Get cards back out. Wonder if this card thing is actually such a good idea. What if one gets lost?
16. You really need to rewrite synopsis in notebook to match notecards. Two copies is extra security.
17. Some scenes include both blue for emotional development, and green for straight action like conversations. Which color do you use? Ponder that for a few hours.
18. Decide to put a note on blue card to go with the green card.
19. Check to see when the yellow cards for big action fall in the book.
20. Check to make sure there’s enough pink cards for sexy moments.
21. Reread notebook to make sure story makes sense, because it looks weird written out on cards.
22. Catch up on emails.
23. Remember it’s been a while since you’ve updated your blog. You used to do it every day. Better get cracking.
24. Realize you’ve forgotten three or four great blog ideas you had.
25. Get out notecards. Decide to write blog ideas on them from now on.
27. Get the notecards back out.
28. Put them away. You need to update the music on your iPod.
29. You also need to download some cds into the computer.
30. Oh! Time for another little break.
*Actual steps may vary. I haven’t quite finished avoiding the new work yet.
How do you avoid getting started? I love writing. I just hate writing first chapters.