Each day I skip writing, I’ll look at my desk guiltily and then slink off like a disgraced criminal fleeing a crime scene. Curse ye, distractions, I’ll mutter as I shake my fist like an old cat lady on her lawn.
But what if distractions are a good thing? What if, properly channeled, they could catapult you back into writing?
I offer a few possibilities for capitalizing on your distractions:
- Read or watch things that immerse your brain in your setting. For me, that’s rewatching Hercule Poirot or reading a new 1920s mystery book. Sometimes the lure of the era draws me into my novel.
- Do homework. Excuse yourself from writing if you do some research instead, like reading that book on English history, writing a book review or preparing
thisa blog post.
- Clean something. Yes. Cleaning or organizing, especially your writing area, will either make you feel excited about possibilities or just so tired of cleaning you’d rather write 100 words.
- Bribe yourself. I don’t suggest this often, but some days I give myself leave to do something totally unrelated in exchange for some writing.
- Daydream about completion. I’ll picture getting a call from a publisher that my book is ready or I’m sitting down to chat with a happy reader over a cup of tea. It reminds me why I started this journey in the first place.
Now please excuse me while I eat a pint of ice cream and watch Golden Girls re-runs…