Author Blogs and Distractibility

Writing is, by nature, a solitary process. Most days that’s great! Finally, the house is quiet, the phone is silenced and we can let that creativity loose that’s been cooped up for hours or days or weeks.

Other days?

It feels like we’re sifting through words and phrases and chapters without guidance, with no one to keep us honest… no boss to report to, no coworkers to collaborate with. It can feel like we’re sifting through a sea of words alone, with only the dust bunnies, a plastic frog, and a box elder bug clinging to the window to keep us company who really doesn’t give a [insert favorite vulgarity] if you write the thing or not.

These days?

Distractions. They seem to be everywhere… What is that stain on my shirt? Last night’s rigatoni? Must wash. Is that picture frame tilted? It looks tilted. Is it tilted? Must fix. I wonder who posted about drinking too much wine last night because their friend just turned fifty and they can’t believe they actually have a friend who turned fifty and does that plant need water? Should the leaves be that droopy? My nails look brittle, I should remember to start taking more vitamins… I wonder if there are any vitamins on sale on Amazon, because I bought those sheets from Amazon and they were on sale, Oh! The sheets in the dryer… I should go make the bed… but before that, maybe I’ll just take a little nap.

Uh, what was I saying? Oh yeah, thought processes and inspiration can eventually spiral into a downward sludge until you forgot what the hell you were writing in the first place.

Well, to keep you focused and inspired and not feeling too guilty when Distractibility comes a knockin’… I’d like to share a few blogs from authors who don’t pretend to have it all together, but have somehow managed to write a few decent books in the process. Maybe after reading, you won’t feel so alone. Maybe then you can take that inspiration out for a little walk, get some weeding and plotting and laundry done all at the same time, like many other writers out there with chronically short attention spans. Like me. Oh! Doughnuts!

John Green:

Laurie Halse Anderson: (Hasn’t been updated in a few months, but still worth reading)

A.S. King:

Libba Bray:

Now damn it, go write!


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