Although we love to write, writers are the worst (or perhaps the best) when it comes to allowing ourselves to be distracted from it. When I’m in a good mood, I’m distracted by everything around me. When I’m in a bad mood, I’m distracted by everything inside me. I’ve learned to set a timer when I sit down to write. Knowing I have a deadline of an hour helps me stay focussed. The timer also reminds me to stop for a break during those wonderful spells of creativity when I become too focussed and forget to eat or sleep.
Favourite ways to distract myself:
- Trying to toss my pen into the air and catch it using only my mouth
- Searching for an environmentally friendly product that will remove ink from my face
- Playing with the figurines scattered around my office
- Chasing bugs across my desk
- Eating again
- Exercising to compensate for all the eating
- Reading, reading and more reading
I would be interested to hear what other writers do to distract themselves. Maybe I'll take a survey. In fact I'll do that right now! The new novel can wait a little longer...