Distractions-The Bane of Every Writer? Or Is It Just Me?
I like to try to tell myself that I’m a disciplined writer. I get that daily word count in no matter what. My readers are waiting. I can’t disappoint them. Nothing sidetracks me from my focus until the writing is done
Yeah, right. In my fantasy writing utopia.
I can place a bit of blame on blog posts and book reviews I’ve committed to write, but truthfully, it’s the other distractions that suck my writing schedule into the vortex of wasted time. Twitter, Facebook, and responding to blog comments can gobble up half an hour before I realize it.
Then the dogs require my attention; there’s an insurance form that needs completing—oh, look at that squirrel hanging upside down from the feeder?
Gotta run and get the camera to take a picture of Ayva (my mini doxie) with her nose stuck in her plastic hamburger.
I grab the camera, and my gaze falls on my den desk. Whoops, forgot to send the nephew his graduation card and check. So I quickly do that, and while I’m at it, pay a bill or two. By that time, Ayva’s got the hamburger off her snout, but Lina (hubby’s lab pup) is running across the backyard with my rubber boot in her mouth. I charge out the door and grab it from her.
Look at that, the bird feeders are empty. Naturally, I have to fill them. I might as well sweep the patio and porch while I’m at it. Are those potted herbs a bit dry? Of course they are. I water them. Hubby forgot to put the lawn and patio chairs and benches back where they belong after mowing. I couldn’t possibly write knowing they aren’t in their proper places.
I finally get back into the house and before dutifully heading to my writing room, put a load of clothes into the dryer and another into the washer. I notice a cobweb hanging from the cupboard above the dryer; cobweb hunting commences. After an embarrassingly successful venture, I decide to pour a cup of coffee to take upstairs with me. I’m not going to let another thing keep me from my goal of 1000 words today! Did I mention my original goal was between 3000 and 4000 words?
I open the fridge to get some crème brulee creamer. Drat. Something dripped on one of the shelves.
And so it goes.
It’s been suggested that perhaps I’m a bit obsessive compulsive and not just a little ADD. I can’t imagine why anyone would suggest such a thing.
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