Distractions


I’ve been reading some post and it seems some writers are suffering from writers block. I tend to get that at times too. Not to mention I also get distracted very easily, especially if I’m on a computer that has internet access. It’s easy to drift off to Facebook to see who’s status has been updated and what they’ve said or the recent Twitter post from one of the Celeb’s was just updated. That’s usually what I’m up too when I end up staring at my computer screen blankly, trying to think of the next story line to add into the next chapter.

Most recently I’ve become addicted to Pinterest. I’m curious to see what creative things I could do with my daughter, or what recipes look good. Then I’m checking on future projects for my daughter as she gets a few years older, then things I would love to wear, or jewelry items I could make.

The best way for me to combat writers block is to relocate myself elsewhere, like the library, a park or the front porch (if the weather is nice). Mostly, I’m found at the library. They have those cozy chairs next to a set of picture windows where I can gaze outside and daydream. Suddenly my creative juices are flowing again. That’s usually what it takes, a change of scenery. Here at home I have the phone, TV, or internet to easily distract me, which doesn’t help when I’m trying to concentrate.

What do you do for writers block?

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6 thoughts on “Distractions

  1. writebelowthesurface

    The best cure for writers block I’ve ever discovered is to read, read, read. Read books, poems, blogs, lyrics, anything and everything I can find. Reading, I have found, is a great way to practice my writing and a great way to start sparks when I’m feeling stuck.

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    1. jennnadams Post author

      Thanks for sharing! 🙂 I agree, I’ll read books on the same subject to help me get a few ideas or help describe something. Or, try to figure out how this author added this detail or how they explained that. Then I’m able to put it into my story, but in my own unique way.

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  2. Jae

    Ray Bradbury says to stuff yourself full of good movies, books, poems, comics, etc., etc. and you’ll explode every morning like Old Faithful. When I’m feeling hum drum I usually go and find something the opposite of what I’m working on. Like I’ve been reading a lot of how-to write books and Anton Chekhov and everything felt so serious, so I picked up a Roald Dahl book instead. It was just what I needed to recharge and kind of inspired the direction I took my short story. So I would say, try doing or watching something a little different.

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  3. marriedwithtwins

    For writers block, I schedule an an appointment right before my deadline so I’ll have no choice to get it done. As a working mom I can only write on my lunch breaks at work or after the kids have gone to bed. So, I’ll schedule 1:00 pm meeting causes me maximize my lunch break for writing. But, who I am kidding, I still get the block anyways!

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