my name is emily, and I’m a procrastibaker

procrastibaker_ehdI spent most of my weekend baking instead of writing.

Waffles. Pancakes. Bread. Muffins. Cookies.

You name it, I was baking it.

This is my process.

The other day I made a casserole, some muffins, and a new bread recipe before sitting down and writing 5,000 words. The first in a very long time (so it felt like).

Every writer has a process.

One of my favorite scenes from “Under the Tuscan Sun” is when she talks about how she procrastinates, makes brownies, and then becomes a writing machine.

I so relate.

I mean, sometimes I just like to bake, but truthfully it happens the most when I’m searching for something.

A scene. A character. An answer. A dilemma.

I’m searching for what will happen next, or how a character should feel, in the sugar and flour and eggs.

Much like writing through the distractions, I bake my way through my novel.

I am a procrastibaker.

Procrastibaker:

DefinitionSomeone who bakes to put off what they really should be doing, or bakes in order to help find what they are truly searching for.

See also: writers, Emily Herring Dunn, stress-eaters

If I get stuck, or I’m not quite in the “mood”, or I can’t sit down for three hours and push through because of, well, life– I bake. I procrastinate and delay writing by making a new recipe.

What’s sweeter than that?

Not sure.

I’m also not sure how this will work out for my waistline.

But whoever said writing was a glamorous life clearly wasn’t a writer.

Maybe it’s glamorous once you’ve had a best seller, but the writing process…definitely not GATSBY-like.

 

 

If you’re looking for some of my personal recipes, you can check out my other site: The Newfangled Housewife.

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One thought on “my name is emily, and I’m a procrastibaker

  1. JAn Thompson says:

    I love your musings…recently on writing and also on motherhood. when you weave it together
    It makes sense and looks like the ideal life. every time I see your handsome hubby feeding on your favorites or feeding the kids, I think you’re doing a perfect job. still miss you and pray for you. all the girls who moved and left our group are “thriving.” that’s my prayer.
    LOve, Jan

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