Work, kids, bills, the sink full of dishes, volunteer responsibilities, the dog needs to be walked, sports teams, helping with homework, your phone constantly chiming with Twitter notifications, you name it, it distracts us. What we're being distracted from may vary from day to day, even minute to minute, but we often feel like we are pulled in a million different directions other than the one we want to be traveling in.
What am I going to cook for dinner tonight?
As a writer, this can be a constant battle. Your brain is in your story and all you want to do is pound out those pages of ideas before you lose them, but making that happen is so hard. It feels like life is constantly getting in the way, and while you can't necessarily get angry at the dog for choosing to go out and not pee in the middle of your kitchen, it's frustrating.
Did I email my son's teacher this morning?
In my last blog post, to-turn-on-your-writing-turn-your-phone-off.html, I wrote about turning your phone off and writing. Sometimes, you have to turn your life off for a little bit as well. Maybe you need to take the dog out first, but then sit down away from everything. The dishes will wait, your don't have to be at soccer practice for several hours, and Twitter will still be there. Turn. It. Off. All of it.
I know it's hard. We feel lazy or slacking because the house didn't get cleaned or because a gourmet meal won't be on the table that evening. Your family will understand, and if they don't then use this opportunity to teach them. You are a writer. Sometimes our houses are as messy as our minds. Its okay.
Go write. Right now.
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