Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Writing Killers: Procrastination l Esmae Browder @esmaebrowder

You have a plan. You’ve created a writing To Do list. You’ve cleared your schedule and informed your family you are diving deep into your writing cave—no interruptions allowed. It’s time to sit down at your laptop, open the file you’ve been thinking about for a while, and let the magic flow.
But something distracts you. It’s a stray thought about the dishes. Did you do them? How many are in the sink? Is someone else going to clean them up or will they sit there until later? You should probably take care of them now.
Okay. Done with dishes. Now time to make the magic happen.
Wait. Have you checked your blog stats yet? Wasn’t there a reply you were supposed to make to someone’s tweet? Is your Facebook status still accurate? Maybe you should update that now while you’re thinking about it. Come to think of it, wasn’t there an episode of your favorite TV show on last night that you DVR’d? Better watch it now or else it will bug you while you’re writing.
Does any of that sound familiar? If so, you’ve been in contact with a total writer killer: procrastination. It sneaks up on you sometimes, eating at what your precious writing time before you even realize it. When writing my latest novel, Bite Thy Neighbor, this was a problem kept encountering. There was always something else that needed to be care of. 
It’s not that doing the dishes isn’t important or that your social media obsession is wrong. If you’re an author working on exposure for your career, Facebook and Twitter are an important part of getting people to learn about you. You have to take care of those things, and let’s face it, dirty dishes stink. The thought of food hardening on them minute by minute disturbs me on many levels.
But those are just distractions.  They keep you from spending your time on completing your novel or short story. You have to let them go and write. You’ll never win the big prize, you’ll never be published, you’ll never have the accolades if you don’t do the work. When I finally convinced myself of this, the words for Bite Thy Neighbor flowed. 
I developed a writing routine which helped me avoid procrastination.  My summer writing schedule looks like this:
·        Thirty minutes for social media/blogging. Once done, turn off ringer on phone. Put phone in different room.
·        One hour for writing
·        Fifteen minute break—check email/dishes (or other task)
·        Back to writing for another hour.
Naturally, creating a schedule will depend on your own unique needs. Notice this is my summer schedule. My entire routine changes in the fall. Think about what is manageable for you and then stick to it! Good luck and happy writing! 
About the Author

Esmae Browder is an ex-catholic school girl who loves romance and vodka tonics. When not reading a spicy novel, she enjoys creating them by combining elements of well-known tales and updating them for our modern world. She is the author of the Naughty Shakespeare series, as well as, the paranormal romance Bite Thy Neighbor—a sexy Dracula meets Wisteria Lane style novel.



About the Book:

Author: Esmae Browder
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 300
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance


Some neighbors suck...literally.

Quirky Maisy Harker spends her time daydreaming about her sexy husband, Jensen Helsing. Though their marriage is one of convenience, Maisy wishes the sparks of heat she feels around him were reciprocated. Sexually starved, she also lusts after her mysterious neighbor, Adam. True, his incisors do look a bit sharp, and he never seems to drink or eat anything—but hey, maybe that’s how he keeps that yummy, drool-worthy physique!
Yet Maisy knows something’s not quite right, and it isn’t long before she learns Adam is a centuries-old vampire embroiled in a gypsy curse placed on the women of her family. All her female ancestors have been drawn to the vampire and bound by his desires, experiencing a terrible side effect of the curse and resulting in death.
It's up to Maisy to find a way to break the curse once and for all before she, too, falls under his spell.



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