|Mmmmm ... tasty.|
I tend to put it last on the tasting menu, after a few appetizers of varying appetizingness. Kermit sushi (with a dab of wasabi, followed by a slice of pickled ginger) is often last on the list.
Oddly, this works for me most days. Winnowing from too many tasks to one big one takes away a few distractions. Plus, I am never so efficient at one task as when I'm avoiding another one.
Sadly, though, the frog I most often put off eating, often until tomorrow or the next tomorrow or the day after that is my personal writing. It's the one most tastily prepared. Soul-feeding frog.
I need my frogs. They're part of a healthy diet of challenge and accomplishment. Unfortunately, frogs with deadlines go bad after a few days. I still have to eat them.
Creative writing is the one frog, though, that never gets slimy around the edges before the meal. It's always the tastiest. It needs to go first on the menu.
I have been blessed with non-creative deadlines lately, which has kicked the creativity into high gear as I avoid the rest of the to-do list. Why do I usually put it off? I don't know. Fear that I will write badly. Fear that I will write powerfully. The distraction of ... SQUIRREL! My job now is to develop a writing routine that makes sure the best dish is on the menu.
We all develop our own work styles. What's yours? Frog first? Is frog not just for breakfast any more? And where does your own writing land on the menu?
Photo credits: "Red Eyed tree frog" from the Swallowtail Garden Seeds collection of botanical images and illustrations. This image is in the public domain. "Squirrel" by John Morgan and "Kittens" by Jennifer C. licensed under CC BY 2.0. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.