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I wanted to write about this for a while now . I just haven’t had the time to do it. Cause guess what I was distracted. But now I can. So what’s the deal with distractions while writing your novel?
Well that’s tricky to answer. Especially when you get this moment of clarity, this moment of motivation, and inspiration where your characters and story world calls out to you to write them like a bad itch or addiction. You can’t put down the pen. But then something happens and boom your moment of clarity is gone . POOF! All because of distractions.
Distractions can be anything. From the slightest noise like the air conditioner clicking on and off to the crickets outside your door. Or can be simply life in general . Like the events we are facing now in the world. But as writers we cannot let these distractions bother us. So how do we find time to write.
Well for me there is meditation to get focused. I try that sometimes . I sit in an uncluttered space and stare and just think about anything and clear my mind before I write. Even though this can work for writers block this can also help with distractions.
Another way to stop from distractions is I turn on music, That way I can cancel out all the other noises around me and it makes me narrow in on the scene that I’m working on.
A third thing I do sometimes is I disconnect everything. I turn off the internet. I turn off the phone. I ignore the knocks at my door. Sometimes it is better to do that. Because having these things on or answering every little knock at your door can be more harmful for your writing and sanity than you think. With these distractions you can lose your inspiration quickly and you may never get it back for days on end. So as writers if we want a good word count , and we want to sit and write and finish our daily writing goals. We must avoid this main hard distraction like the plague .
The fourth and final thing I do is try to write at a time where I know I won’t get interrupted. I used to write early mornings from eight am to one pm but now I write whenever I just have the time. I try to write at nights but sometimes writing at nights are harder . I used to write all night but that was when I was under deadline .
In the end all writers have distractions and know it is hard but we must find a way to keep the distractions at bay and trudge through all of it to write the great novel.
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HOW DO YOU KEEP DISTRACTIONS AWAY WHILE WRITING ?
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