We’ve talked about this in the past. Writing is a solitary effort whereas publishing is more of an “it takes a village” thing.
But unless you’re a writer, it is really hard to understand that need for quiet space and time to think. Writers are always writing. It’s in their blood. They might not be penning their next novel right in front of you, but that far away stare and the odd facial expression they give while zoning off are a clue that the mind is working.
Constant interruptions however, kill the writer’s mental state and can stall out a novel just as fast as writer’s block. Now, we cannot all write 24/7. We store our ideas, maybe jot them down, or make mental notes throughout the day, but when it comes time to sit down and start dumping them on to the page, there needs to be quiet! Peace. Alone time. With no distractions!
Nothing derails a great writing session like constant interruption. And it doesn’t have to come in the form of kids, dog, or husband bugging you. Sometimes you need to do a quick bit of research for a scene and you just want to pop on to the internet for a moment…. Three hours later after Facebooking, Twittering, and whatever else you’re doing on the internet, you see that blank page staring you in the face with nothing written down.
Even now, I have this happening. In the span of writing this 400-ish word blog, I have had children interrupt me, and I dared to open facebook and enjoy a lively discussion on Vaccines… So, rather than a quick half hour to jot down my topic… here I sit nearly two later, struggling to finish it.
What’s the answer… Shut the internet off and lock myself in a room where no one can find me? Probably not feasible. But maybe a little more self-discipline is in order. Shutting down the internet is key. That’s the biggest distraction. Setting ground rules for the kids not to bother mommy when writing might help too (but they’ll just ignore that as they always do.)
You have to find your own fit for writing and have a little self-discipline to go with it. If you know the kids will be at school mid-day and that is when you will be able to write, set that time to be internet free and don’t let distractions stop you from hitting your target word count. If writing time comes later in the evening, like for me, you have to store your ideas all day and prepare to dump them the moment your fingers hit the keyboard. Same rules apply. Make some internet free, kid free, distraction free time and do it. Thirty minutes to an hour a day is sufficient to get in a decent word count and is not that long a time to be away from your precious internet. Trust me, I’m cringing as I say that. The internet is calling me as we speak… but, it can be done.
Now, go away! I’m writing….