One of my worst forms of procrastination is designing mock covers. Sometimes they are for novels and other times for short stories, and even though I should probably be writing instead, I get a creative buzz from searching for pictures and writing suitable captions. It somehow helps to solidify the novel or short story, making the idea more concrete in my mind.
For both of my works in progress I have designed and printed mock covers. They will probably look nothing like the real cover, should I be fortunate enough to see them published, but I have them framed and on the wall above my writing area. They remind me of what I'm pushing for - a published novel.
Do you create mock covers? If so, how helpful have you found them in inspiring and motivating your writing? If not, will you consider designing a mock cover in the future or are you leaving it to the professionals once you've got a publishing contract?
As always, I'm interested to know your thoughts.