My life, like most people’s, is busy. Every free chance that I get, I sit down and try to get some writing done. It doesn’t always work, however. Nearly every single time I open my laptop and begin to type, my biggest enemy appears:
It comes in many different forms. Whether it be in the form of surfing social media on my phone, popping in a movie I haven’t watched in a while, or going back to a game I haven’t beaten yet, distraction pulls me away from my story.
Well, why don’t you leave home and write? Oh, believe me, I do. I get out and sit at coffee shops in the hopes of being able to focus easier (my introverted side keeps me quiet in public settings). However, it takes just one person I know to come and say “Hi” before distraction has shown it’s unwanted face again (not that I don’t enjoy a quick chat, but let me eventually get back in the zone!)
Why don’t you just ignore the urges to do something else? Well that’s the big challenge, isn’t it? To be fair, I am way better than I used to be. I’ve been able to recognize the “distraction urge” a lot quicker before I get sucked in. It’s still a work in progress.
Speaking of which, I should be working on my story right now. Distracted by writing about distraction. Woah.
How do you all cope with the distractions that pop up to pull you away from your story? Leave your thoughts in the comments!