Today’s guest post covers something we’ve probably all dealt with! I procrastinate a great many things in my life and it’s at least comforting to know many authors are in the same boat. Here’s author Michael P. Michaud’s take on this ever-present challenge and his methods of overcoming it (as well as details about his latest book)!
The Introvert by Michael P. Michaud
Genre: Black Humour Crime Novella
A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the center of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.
On a recent trip to Montreal, amidst visiting a lonely Capybara at Biodome and imbibing on carbs from St-Viateur Bagel, I came upon a sculpture* that epitomized most writers – which is to say, it epitomized most people.
At first blush it defied me. Here was a young writer hard at work, so ensconced in his craft that he failed to perceive – or was consciously apathetic to – the squirrel shimmying up his side, or the haphazard state of affairs of his value meal. Focused. Steadfast in his commitment, it was both infuriating and inspiring.
Then I peeked at his screen: just a lazy comment on the death of Steve Jobs. No creative masterpiece underway. No opus. Not one sentence.
And in that moment, I knew he was a writer, after all.
The sculpture was a perfect microcosm of all of us. Indeed, nearly everyone I meet tells me they want to write a book. This is not hyperbole, and the chances are that you’re even nodding yourself as you read this. But when I ask these same people why they don’t or haven’t, the explanations are universally:
- Not having the time, or
- Being overwhelmed by the enormity of the project