Organization for Curmudgeonly Writers

Other than columns for the paper and a local Zine, I haven’t done any real writing for the last eight months. Nothing on my novel, which seems to need an extensive rewrite and nothing on the website. So, like all good procrastinating writers I decided to spend sometime planning on where and how to start. And what better way to do that? I’ve been looking at planners and organizing, hoping to find the perfect one that I can spend hours writing in and thereby avoid actually writing. Unfortunately, planners seem to come in a few varieties – the wedding planner, a whole book to plan a wedding – don’t even get me started on that. There are also gratitude journals, I find annoying, whether because I don’t like being told how to feel – or because I’m not sold on the whole positivity thing, I’m not sure.  Then there’s the career and success planners, which have headings like “how i”m going to win today,” “what I can improve,” and “my successes.” It’s a safe bet, if I’m not feeling like having to record what I’m grateful for, I’m not interested in recording motivational self-talk either. I’ve decided, in order to avoid working on my novel, that i’m going to create my own day planner. It’s going to have a morning heading like – “Managed to get out of bed this morning. Now what?” and an evening reflection of “Did you avoid smacking all the annoying people today?” I’m sure it will be a best seller with the curmudgeonly feminist set.