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The Lonely One
12-19-2008, 09:31 PM
What are some of the distractions you use as a crutch to keep from writing? We all have them, whether we give in to them or not. I was thinking maybe if we identify some of what keeps us away (or mentally away) from the keyboard, we can extinguish them more easily.

Mine are:

Spend time with the fam

Spend time with the dog

AW (I somehow see this cropping up more than once)

Clean

youtube music videos/ computer games I feel I have to beat since I started them, though in reality nothing bad will happen if I don't.

television

"I wrote all day at work, my brain is mush."

"Who cares if I don't, no one is going to see this garbage anyways."

That's all I can think of currently. I'll try to take these things into consideration when they crop up.

What are some of yours?

CaroGirl
12-19-2008, 09:32 PM
My job.

But if I extinguish that, I extinguish my ability to pay the mortgage.

The Lonely One
12-19-2008, 09:38 PM
My job.

But if I extinguish that, I extinguish my ability to pay the mortgage.

I know what you mean, I think many of us have this one. I should clarify, though, I don't mean extinguish as in don't do those things that are on the list, I just mean not to use it as an excuse.

No, I don't expect us all to quit our jobs. That would be bad--I'd likely have to sell my laptop for food, since I'd be a bum, and getting a working pen would be difficult without money or transportation to go buy said pen. And paper, psshhht, forget about it! The economy is tough as it is :).

citymouse
12-19-2008, 09:40 PM
5 Welsh corgis. 5 borzoi. 3 cats. 7 parrots. 1 partner. 1 house. Multiple loads of laundry. I shop fresh for food every day. The list goes on.
And I write.

As for no one reading my so-so work. I wrote the first three of my novels in five weeks. And is shows! It also out sells the other two by close to 2:1. Go figure.
C

Severian
12-19-2008, 09:44 PM
School.

Studying.

Guitar playing.

Work.

If I could just give up on the school I'd be set lol but as it is I have to spend a lot of my spare time revising as I'm in my last year at the moment. My girlfriend is also quite a drain on my time (but I'd never tell HER that).

CaroGirl
12-19-2008, 09:45 PM
I have 2 dogs, 2 kids, 1 husband, 1 hamster, 1 largish house to clean, a full-time day job, a flatscreen tv, and a pile of unread books. I belong to 2 IRL critique groups and 3 cooking clubs. My kids do 2 activities each every week.

Of all these, I probably should watch less tv.

AnonymousWriter
12-19-2008, 09:54 PM
School.
Studying.
My beloved sports.
My mind and body been frazzled and exhausted.
The amount of books waiting to be read upon my shelves.

Jeremy
12-19-2008, 10:58 PM
Ugh... Too many... Way too many...

Work
School
Wife
New-born son
Family and Friends
Reading
TV & Movies
Video Games
Several other Hobbies...

I should probably give stuff up if I really want to get anywhere as a writer... I just have too many loves in my life and how does one choose to stop loving something?

ishtar'sgate
12-20-2008, 03:51 AM
Not too many now that I'm working to deadlines. The fear factor keeps me writing. Well, not today. I'm late decorating the tree and I can't find some of my tree decorations and I seemed to have lost my cute little village and...

psykeout
12-20-2008, 04:16 AM
2 dogs that demand attention and a wife that works a schedule opposite to mine.

alyssalynne
12-20-2008, 04:49 AM
surfing the net
playing with my new kitten
work
cleaning

superman skivvies
12-20-2008, 05:33 AM
I waste time on the internet. Then I feel bad for being at the computer so long. So I leave. Then I come back later with the intention of writing. Then I find the internet again. I'm currently in the seventy-ninth cycle for today.

Woven
12-20-2008, 06:08 AM
I'm a mom, so that one title alone includes homework, piano practice, TaeKwondo, reading aloud and general time spent with the tikes.

When left to my own devices:
TV - I'm addicted. It's terrible.
Computer- namely this place at the moment
Work
House cleaning
Playing my flute

NeuroFizz
12-20-2008, 06:58 AM
We all should leave our number one choice blank because we are posting (and reading) here. Kind of ironic.

Ren
12-20-2008, 07:19 AM
Baby
Cleaning
Reading
"Research"
Spiritual commitments

starrykitten
12-20-2008, 08:03 AM
Email
Research and "research"
Napping
Adjusting my environment
Dealing with kitteh
Using the "this is the kind of choice I need to think about for a while" line way more than could ever be true

The Lonely One
12-20-2008, 11:01 AM
We all should leave our number one choice blank because we are posting (and reading) here. Kind of ironic.

Truly.

Alexandra Little
12-20-2008, 11:22 AM
judge Judy

youtube

Judge Judy on youtube

excuse me, i hear her yelling calling me...

jeany
12-20-2008, 12:18 PM
I wish cleaning was a distraction for me!

Makai_Lightning
12-20-2008, 12:40 PM
I'm completely afraid to read this, because the last thing I need is more ideas on how to waste time.


Youtube. Shows on youtube are like miracles. And then you can download them and take them anywhere with you....

Wikipedia. I start with basic research on one thing (check wiki's sources and see how legit they are, as opposed to blindly following wiki, and I consider it a good start), and end up everywhere else in the world. It's like playing the wikipedia game with yourself.

Getting stuck at medical websites. It disturbs me how sickeningly interesting I find some disorders and such. I go there for one thing, and then it's like wikipedia again.

Internet, in general, really.

Baking... especially when we're low on snack food, which is, like, all the time. (Mmmm, mint chocolate cookies.... molasses spice cookies... I made them yesterday. Yum.)

Chilling with friends.

Mall.

AIM or MSN Messenger--particularly when I'm supposed to be doing homework too.

Oh I'm sure there's a lot of things...

tehuti88
12-20-2008, 07:57 PM
I don't have "distractions." I just have too many days when I don't feel like writing so I do something else.

There, at least I'm being honest with myself! :o

willietheshakes
12-20-2008, 08:34 PM
Hold on -- I'm supposed to spend time with my family?

nevada
12-20-2008, 09:16 PM
AW. AW. AW.

I got rid of my TV so it no longer is a distraction.

AW

Trying to find a job when the housing market has fallen apart.

AW

Telling myself it's crap, why do I bother?

AW

MrWrite
12-20-2008, 10:56 PM
AW, reading, television, my wife, work, daily life. All in no particular order! :D

Susie
12-20-2008, 10:59 PM
Mr. Susie
chocolate
AW
email
did I say chocolate?
All my men on AW :D

MrWrite
12-20-2008, 11:00 PM
Did I mention Susie is quite a distraction too? ;)

hester
12-21-2008, 01:19 AM
Hubby, kids, TV, internet, shopping...on the plus side we were snowed in today so I actually got some writing done :)

LadyVonFright
12-21-2008, 01:21 AM
my real job is a major distraction :(

Ardellis
12-21-2008, 01:48 AM
AW

Worldbuilding: maps and cultures and languages, oh my!

Research. AKA "Oooh! I didn't know that! Let me find six more books about that, even though I already know enough for the scene I should be working on."

Weekend morning IM sessions with my best friend. That used to be prime writing time until she moved out of state.

Travian (http://travian.us/)

RunawayScribe
12-21-2008, 02:18 AM
AW
Studying
Sleep
*Sigh*...

Inarticulate Babbler
12-21-2008, 02:31 AM
I write everyday. Everyday. I may not write much, but, even when I'm dog-sick, I write.

I find I'm procrastinating more because my current project is coming to an end, but I'm still writing. Also, I work 9 - 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, and then go home and read three kids to sleep, play with the dog and put at least two pages in on my WIP. (Sometimes, the wife and I get some time together, too--as she's quite busy herself.)

And, yes, I do pop in to a few writers' sites--but that always helps me to get into the state-of-mind to write. If I see someone having the same problem I am or with a problem I can help with, my mind automatically clicks over to "writer mode" to resolve the problem.

bsolah
12-21-2008, 08:17 AM
I think for me work is the biggest distraction. I can often come up with stories at work, as my mind wanders doing boring work. I can even write outlines, blog posts, emails, just not fiction. It would be so much easier if I could write at work. There's plenty of time there, it's just you can't get in a rhythm when you're worried someone's looking over your shoulder.

Shweta
12-21-2008, 08:36 AM
This not being novel-specific, I'll move it to Roundtable, where you guys can continue to be distracted from writing :D

Woven
12-21-2008, 06:29 PM
I find I'm procrastinating more because my current project is coming to an end, but I'm still writing. Also, I work 9 - 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, and then go home and read three kids to sleep, play with the dog and put at least two pages in on my WIP. (Sometimes, the wife and I get some time together, too--as she's quite busy herself.)


So you've found a way to have 32 hours in each day? ;) How do you find time to write every day with that kind of schedule? Seriously!

Sean D. Schaffer
12-21-2008, 10:42 PM
What are some of the distractions you use as a crutch to keep from writing? We all have them, whether we give in to them or not. I was thinking maybe if we identify some of what keeps us away (or mentally away) from the keyboard, we can extinguish them more easily.

...Snipped.


-The computer and/or the Internet.
-Spending time with my girlfriend.
-Watching television.
-Listening to music.
-Walking around the apartment thinking about writing.
-Drawing.
-Talking on the telephone.
-Trying to figure life out.
-Celebrating holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the like.
-Talking with and spending time with, family.
-Dreaming about what life will be like when (if?) I finally get published and/or become a professional writer.
-Feeling the dread that comes with thinking about writing fiction (I've learned that I'm far better at writing non-fiction than fiction, and fiction has become an intense chore compared to the joys of writing non-fiction.)


Basically, just about everything that I do is a distraction. Even some writing-related things make for excellent (horrible?) distractions from writing.