Who was procrastinating this morning? “Not I,” said the fly. Okay, maybe just a little. It’s the last day of February and I want to get a jump start on March. I have three stories that need revision and I want to write an application for a grant this month. Plenty of time! Let me just grab a cup of coffee and watch a little news. Nothing exciting there… how about some children’s television to inspire me? Hmmmm, Spongebob Squarepants? Oh well, what could a few minutes hurt? No way! Walt Dohrn, Paul Tibbitt, and Mr. Lawrence are geniuses! Why haven’t I ever watched this before?
Let me recap the episode for you. Spongebob gets an 800 word writing assignment. (Sounds familiar doesn’t it picture book writers?). He’s super excited. (You bet!). He prepares his work space. (Smart.) He dashes out the title. (Okay, good start.) “Funny,” he says to his pencil. “As my ideas roll, you shrink.” (This is great stuff!) Then…<cue the melodramatic music>…NOTHING! (Uh, oh.) He finds other things to do in the house. (Feeds Gary, cleans the kitchen…this is my life.) He finally sits down and works furiously for several hours. (Ta-da!) One word, only 799 words to go! (Tension! Suspense! Drama!) Procrastination sets in. (Marco Polo phone calls in the middle of the night, choking on eraser shavings… really, how is one supposed to write with all this other activity going on?) He awakes from a nightmare. (Really… Walt, Paul and Mr. Lawrence, get out of my head!) He has an epiphany. (What all great writers experience.) He writes everything down at the last minute. (First draft is perfect of course.) He races to school and delivers it just in time, only to be told by his teacher that she has changed her plans for the assignment. (Rejection! Take note authors… through no fault of his own, Spongebob’s piece was rejected simply because she changed her mind!)