1. Go on Twitter. You definitely don’t have any better way to spend your time than endlessly reading the political, social, and of course literary opinions of a bunch of strangers. Don’t even question it.
2. Look for new books on Goodreads. You can always handle one more book being added to your TBR. The problem is, it never is one. It’s starts out as one, and then before you know it, you have eighteen tabs open and you left eye is twitching, but oh look what a pretty cover!
3. Make a mock book cover. You’re going to get published someday, why not make the cover now? Sure, you’ll probably hire a professional when the time comes, but why not test the waters yourself? After all, you could have a talent for graphic design and just not know it. Now where did you put the crayons…?
4. Look for writing contests. You’re a great writer, obviously, you just haven’t gotten your break yet. Why not enter a short story contest? Never mind that you should be working on your WIP, you could write a 500 word story with your eyes closed. Beating those other terrible writers and winning that $100 will be easy.
5. Eat Snacks. So what if you just ate breakfast? Typing burns calorie. Yeah, calorie, as in one calorie. Still, you’ve been working consistently for five minutes, you deserve a cookie.
6. Drink a second, oh wait, third, never mind, fourth cup of coffee. You’ve always had heart palpitations, it is definitely not from the latte. Possibly the espresso…but definitely not the latte.
7. Read your own book. You could probably use some encouragement, so why not re-read your own book and remind yourself how awesome you are at writing. At least until you realize that this is a trash fire, and you’re the one holding the matches.
8. Read someone else’s book. You’ve always heard that comparison is bad, but what harm can a little do? Surprisingly a lot, actually. Who knew all published authors used complete sentences?
9. Watch TV or Youtube. You’ve always wanted to write a book about organic yak milk, right? Oh yeah, and that video about types of crab grass, you’ll use that one day. For sure.
10. Read this blog post. You probably should be writing right now, shouldn’t you? But instead you’re reading this. Not a wise choice, but who am I to judge? I should be working on my own book right now, but instead I’m wasting my time making a list of ways to waste time.