Tuesday, April 5, 2011

D is for Distraction

I love to write!
I love to create stories, situations, scenes (the alliteration is coincidental) charcters, I could go on and on. But for some reason, and I know I am not alone, I am easily distracted by a million and one other things. My blogs, editor blogs, agent blogs, author blogs, Twitter, the Blueboard, email...oh especially email. I don't know what I think I am expecting because I must check it like thirty times a day, no exaggeration.
What is it that forces us (and when I say us I really mean me) to do everything but what we really want to do. Some people say it's fear, I don't know that I buy that. Sometimes I think I'm being lazy. I've often thought that it would be really cool if someone would create a device that "magically" processes your creative thoughts without you having to do any of the actual work. Like if I have a thought about a scene, I've plotted it in my head, and then I've plotted the next scene and the scene after that, this device just gets it all down for me. Poof! Instant novel.
             But no, I have to sit down and flesh those scenes out. Give them description, dialogue (more alliteration) action, and so on. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy that process. I don't know what my problem is. Maybe it is fear. Fear that what I've created in my head won't make it to the page in the way I hoped or intended. But I preserve, and I manage to get some creativity in amongst my procrastination.

Do you procrastinate? How so?


  1. Oh yes. Checking email, twitter, blog comments. All very important things. :) And sometimes it's intentional cause I don't know what to write. Or where the story is going.

  2. Oh, procrastination is evil, evil I tell you! I do it. I don't like it. I feel so miserable by the time my end comes and wish I'd been good to myself. Thanks for the honest post. *hugs*

    ♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

  3. Ha, this post could have been written by me. *snort* How apt that I visited and came across a post that was so significant to me. Procrastination is a way of life for me unfortunately..

    Great post. :)

  4. I am definitely one of the worst procrastinators around and I'm not sure why either. It would be interesting to study the psychology of procrastination. Perhaps if I knew why I do it I could manage to conquer it!