Writing distractionsAugust 27, 2009
Current word count: 28,494
New words written: 961
Words til goal: 11,506 / 338 words a day til the end of September
Ok, full disclosure here. I wrote about 800+ words yesterday, but only a couple sentences this morning. I got up really early today but just couldn’t get my brain into writing gear. I was distracted by all these other things in my head, and although that’s normal, this morning, I found it harder than usual to push them away.
I’m usually very selfish about my writing hour. It’s the only time I have to write, and I sacrifice sleep to get it. So, emails, web surfing (except thesaurus.com if needed, or the occasional research) and blogs are strictly not allowed in. I don’t even allow myself to open the programs, because I know I’ll be too tempted. And that’s where my problem came this morning. I had left my computer on standby last night, so when I started it this morning, they were already open saying, “Come, play with me.”
The big distraction was something I started yesterday, which was trying to fix my blog reader problem. I have been using iGoogle, but it isn’t really designed as a good blog reader if you’re following a lot of blogs–like I am–so iGoogle can’t keep up and my browser keeps crashing. This morning, I decided to scale back my iGoogle to just the news and weather and move all my blogs to Google Reader. And once I had made that decision, it was really hard to not just make the fix and I eventually caved.
Before I caved, however, I did go into my layout document for my current novel and sketch out the remainder of the book. I squared it all away while I was at the gym yesterday (there’s nothing like thinking about the action in my novel instead of concentrating on my workout), so this morning I put it all on paper — or rather hard drive. I have four chapters left, including the one I just started. At an average of 1,800 words a chapter, that means I probably won’t go over my 40K limit, which is great. But I know the book has lots of fluff in it, so it’ll probably end up in the low 30s after it’s all revised, which is perfect.
Before I revise, of course, I just have to stop giving in to distractions during my writing hours so I can write those last four chapters.
Anything been distracting you lately?