So, what are your vices? Mine is internet surfing and checking email. Other than that, I pretty much just stare at the blank page until it drives me insane - and I get some interesting scenes that way :-) How can you tell whether you're doing serious work or just "waxing the cat"?
Thursday, July 21, 2011
This term, "waxing the cat", I first heard at Viable Paradise. I don't know if that's where it originated or if it's more widespread, but it refers to ways that we stall when we know we ought to be writing. Some behaviors are really obvious, i.e. your cat neither wants nor appreciates being waxed, but some are less obvious. People do long, detailed outlines and then spend hours adjusting the format and fonts. Or they draw a detailed map of their world and then color it all in. Even harder to resist, researching topics that only peripherally relate to your story.