Hi guys! Special treat for you today - a guest post from the lovely Briana Morgan, who blogs at The Novelista. She's here with a short and sweet post on avoiding distractions as a writer - please do share your thoughts in the comments, if you are so inclined, and check out her blog for more writing advice. I'm going to be dropping by The Novelista on Friday as well, so keep a lookout for that! Topaz xx
Briana Morgan: Avoiding Distractions While Writing
Technology is a blessing, especially for writers. It allows us to read stories, share our work, and connect with other writers. The Internet is a gift. It can also be a curse.
For most writers, the Internet is the epitome of distraction. Other hazards include television, video games, movies, pets, and even friends. With so many things vying for our attention, how can we focus?
If you want to succeed as a writer, you must learn to avoid distractions. Here are a few tips and techniques that have worked for me. Feel free to try them out and see what works for you.
- Write longhand. I’m writing this blog post with pen and paper (really) and typing it up later. If you’re not on the computer, it’s difficult to get distracted by it.
- Turn off the television. I know you think you can write with Friends playing in the background, but you might be wrong. Check out this post I wrote about it.
- Turn off everything. If you don’t need it to write, put it away. Trust me on this one.
- If you need the computer, monitor yourself. Turn off the Internet, use Write or Die, or block time-sucking websites like Twitter and YouTube.
- Take breaks. If you know you have a break coming up, it’ll be easier to you to focus and work until your time is up.
- Don’t make plans with friends until your work is finished. It’s tempting to go out before making your word count, but resist the urge to say “yes” to your friends right away. You can still have a social life—just get your writing done first.
- Close the door. If you have pets, roommates, and loved ones popping by to interrupt your sessions, put a physical barrier between them and you. Make sure you let them know you love them, but you want them to respect your writing time.
One of the hardest things about writing is staying focused. By avoiding distractions, you can get more accomplished and achieve your writing goals.
how do you stay focused and avoid distractions while writing?