In life, there can be so many distractions from husbands to our children to our families to our jobs to our things to do around our house to the church we might be attending to the things we do in everyday life to even just ourselves. I’m sure if I were to ask any of you the distractions you face on either a daily, weekly or monthly basis, I’m sure we’d have quite a few.
For myself I know I can come up with many. I think my biggest distraction is myself. It seems like I can come up with a million and one things I can do besides just sitting down to write. I check my email. I talk to a friend on Facebook (Hi Ally 🙂 ). I attend an online workshop. I critique someone else’s work. I have to homeschool my niece/daughter. I have grading to do. I have a book to read (sometimes for pleasure and sometimes writing craft related). I watch TV (typically the news). I watch a movie. I clean a room in the house. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.
It’s important to realize that me saying my writing is important to me really isn’t enough. I have to make it a priority. I plan to start small. My first goal is to do an hour of writing or editing a day specifically on my book. Eventually I’d like to bring that up a lot more, but we all have to start somewhere. The only one that will make it a priority in the end is myself. No matter how nice it might be to be able to have someone else do it for you it will never happen. Besides, in the end the rewards are quite nice when you can say you’re the one who finished it.
So, I’m curious, what are some of the things that distract you from doing something you know you need to do?