By the end of the storm, drifts as high as 4 feet stood outside my home, leading to A LOT of quality time with my family. (This picture was taken at one of the lower points away from a drift. Praise God for snowblowers.) The flakes began falling on Friday evening, continued without stopping until Saturday night, and it was late in the day on Tuesday before I could even leave my house. You better believe we had Chinese take-out that evening for dinner just because we could, and have eaten out a decent amount since largely because I don't have to do the dishes. You would think that all of that time stuck in the house would have given me ample time to write, but let's not forget I was snowed in with two children.
Anyone who still doesn't understand why that was a problem simply doesn't have kids. We had plenty of time for board games, shoveling, reading together, shoveling, baking cinnamon rolls, and shoveling, but not much time where I could sit and work without being interrupted or pulled away. My boys had off on Friday before the storm (which was nonsense, but that's not the point), and didn't go to school all last week. Yes, that means they were off school for 6 days during the blizzard, and anytime I would try to sit here at the computer and write I would soon here, "Where did mom go?"
One of the hardest things for a writer to deal with is writing though distractions. I touched on this a few days ago in my latest YouTube video that was made when I snuck away for a moment. (Go subscribe to my channel, by the way.) Even now, cute pictures of dogs of Facebook keep trying to pull me away from writing this post. It happens. Distractions are out there, even when you're not trapped with them by white death from above.
Don't let distractions discourage you, though. They can be managed and worked around. You can still write, you just have to write differently. Focus on how to do that, and less on how frustrating the interruptions can be, because they aren't going anywhere.
Just because sitting down at the keyboard and pounding out a few pages isn't feasible doesn't mean that you can't still be productive. I found it incredibly helpful this week to write like I was out running errands, and those same practices can work for you during the next round of chaos (i.e. blizzard).
Jot things down on little sheets of paper sitting in your kitchen. If your house is like mine, they breed on the counters.
Text yourself while they are in the other room with the story idea.
Junk mail? Use it. Its a pad of paper now. Again, it multiplies in my house.
All of those tips and tricks we use while we are out and about can be just as helpful in your own home as well. Sometimes dinner just has to be cooked and your writing has to wait. That is simply the truth. Don't let that stop you. Grab that millionth Bed Bath and Beyond coupon you've received in the mail this month that 'you're going to use one day' and write that idea down. Look at you- you just used that coupon after all.
Someday, no matter how much snowfall, the kids are going to finally go back to school and you'll get to gather those notes and get back to work. It's up to you to make sure you have notes to work with. Mine finally went back this morning, and I'm looking forward to having some uninterrupted time with my latest book.
Its about blasted time.
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