Wednesday, July 3, 2013

IWSG: Distractions

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for the Insecure Writers support group, hosted by the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh!



Happy Independence Day tomorrow for those of you who celebrate :)

Onto the post!

Today is not so much about being insecure as it is about being distracted. Here's a prime example: Just now, when I wrote the first sentence in this paragraph I decided it was urgent to eat a graham cracker. So I got up from my chair, opened a new package of crackers, noticed the top one was broken had to open the package more so that I could get out all the pieces. Then I realized the irony of what I was doing and sat back down to write this post.

Yeah, I think I would be a little more productive if I just kept my hands on the keyboard and stopped worrying about graham crackers that will still be there in ten minutes when I finish writing.

If only graham crackers were the worst of my problems though. Oh no, Facebook and YouTube are HUGE distractions in my life. Some days I go to YouTube with the intent to look up a song or something and end up spending a whole heck of a lot of time watching the videos that YouTube says I might like. And you know what? I do like them, that's why I didn't leave. That's also why I forgot I went there.

Basically, what it boils down to is, I would've written like 5 books already this year if I wasn't so.... Oh man, does that say Disney and Boy Band? I must watch.


What distracts you?

36 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Pahaha! Yes, it's Facebook and Twitter for me - and occasionally YouTube. It sucks that we know we shouldn't do it, but the words "Five more minutes" are hard to ignore! :p

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Distracted by a graham cracker! That gave me a good chuckle this morning.
For me it's not so much distractions as I get too many things going at once and can't focus on any of them.

Suzi said...

I can blame my distractions on my friends. I mean, they write these interesting blog posts, and funny FB and Twitter things, and you know, I have to support them by reading and responding. So really it's their fault, not mine. :)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

What distracts me? Um. . .Everthing. Right now there is a little girl trying to climb up my leg. I just try to get in what writing I can before I get pulled in another direction. :)

David P. King said...

Distractions. Totally with you on that one. And I have to stop raiding the pantry when writing time starts. I usually check the word count of what I'm working on frequently to keep me on track. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You're spying on me and know what I;m doing right? I can go to facebook and be there for an hour and I swear, it will feel like five minutes!

Hillary Sperry said...

Love it and thanks for the Disney Dudez distraction :) that was fun!

Cherie Colyer said...

Lately, my email has been distracting me. There's a lot of things happening and just trying to keep up with the correspondence has been hard. Plus with it being summer there's a lot of fun things to do.

Emma Adams said...

Social media is the biggest distraction for me. And reading blogs. I should actually be writing right now! :P

Emma Adams said...

Social media is the biggest distraction for me. And reading blogs. I should actually be writing right now! :P

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I sometimes think that is the luxury of having a job and writing - this summer has been super productive for me because I know I won't have time like this a month from now, for about nine months. Sure, the ideas still trickle in, but then I remember this and tell them to shut up. That being said, I do think it is important to do things that fill the creative tank (sounds like youtube for you - I LOVE The West Wing). I just save them for when I have other things to do (laundry).

T. Drecker said...

Oh, there aren't graham crackers over here - definitely a distraction if they suddenly appeared! Distractions? You don't mean twitter, facebook, emails, blogs, forums, another cup of coffee, a peice of chocolate, lighting a candle. . .are those distractions? Yes, I'm guilty.

Carrie-Anne said...

I entirely stopped FB gaming to focus more on writing, and almost never play Solitaire or Mahjongg these days. Those were major timesucks in the past, and Tetris.

Rena said...

OMG, What is the deal with the DISNEY BOY BAND!!!! I laughed and laughed at Cinderella's prince.

Elsie Amata said...

You nailed it!! I was writing in my book before I logged back into Blogger "just to see" and now here I am again.....dangit!

Elsie

Morgan said...

Hahaha... Oh Jennie... I think most of your distraction comes from being a mom of many!!!! I know that's the case with me! I have a hard time writing during the summer. I'm not sure why! It's like I need it to be cold and stormy outside for my muse to work or something...

Great post. :D

MollyMom103 said...

Books. I mean, I really like to read.

Jason Andrew Bond said...

BWAHAHAHAHAhaaaa... Okay, this is a serious problem. :) Seriously... I need cat videos stat. Thanks for KILLING seven minutes of my day with that Disney Boy Band video too. :) I get distracted by all kinds of things. What I've found I have to do is set 45 minute windows in which I write. I stop when the time goes off and I have to take 15 minutes away, videos, graham crackers, whatever. But I set a timer again. After 15 minutes I'm back into another 45 minute session. This is the ONLY way I can be productive. The artificial pressure I place on myself keeps me focused.

Julie Luek said...

Oh ugh-- I just wrote a post about all the squirrels that distract me. I think I have writer ADD.

Samantha May said...

Facebook and Twitter get me every single time. It's horrible really :D

Also I'm forever distracted whenever a "Snapped" marathon comes on Oxygen or by Bride Day on TLC even though I'm nowhere near marriage.

And Nutella. That's a big ole distraction.

Charlie Holmberg said...

Does work count as a distraction? XD how about Arrested Development?

michelle said...

Reading blogs is a distraction for me.
And I'm also distracted by the TBR pile that is almost toppling over...
Writer In Transit

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Distractions are everywhere. Blogging, stock photos and viewing book covers are a few of mine.

Krista McLaughlin said...

I have trouble with distractions too. I'm likely to find something to do other than write or edit, when I know I should be writing/editing. Facebook sucks way too much time. I wish I had a way to fix them.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Yes. All of this! Yes! THIS!

I'm with you.

Heather

Michelle D. Argyle said...

I'm letting this summer be a big distraction. So far it's working. :)

Donna B. McNicol said...

I've learned that I need to leave the house to be productive in my writing...way too many distractions at home. LOL!

Tammy Theriault said...

screw the graham cracker...let's go make s'mores!! no? that's distracting, too!! frick, ijust can't seem to stop!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Bwahahaha! Yeah, I'm distracted by everything, but Facebook will be my undoing. And I recently started playing some stupid game on my phone, and can waste an hour doing that.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Jeff Hargett said...

I started this comment and then got distracted. No graham crackers. Had to settle on Pringles. Yeah, distraction is a tough and persistent affliction indeed.

John Wiswell said...

I've been suffering such distractions often as of late. I sympathize. In my case it's because I worked so hard for so much of the last two months that I'm just about burned out on composition and consumption. I run out of steam even in the middle of writing some comments. A refresher is required sometimes.

Heather Holden said...

I get distracted all the time, too. Right now, the distraction is that Disney boy band vid you posted. Too funny! I was literally laughing out loud while watching it...

ilima said...

Haha. This is so me, too. I'm amazed I've even written one book with all the interweb distractions.

T C Mckee said...

Earlier, I was distracted by a wholegrain cracker. I think we're on the same page here. I had a cheese stick with it too. :)

The dog is the biggest distraction, kids, work, you name it, but mostly life. I've learned though, that our stories need these distractions. The time away does more good than harm, so go get that graham cracker. I bet your characters were whispering to you to take a break. You just didn't know it.

Kelley Lynn said...

Yeah, I just watched this twice. Haha. Great us of my time :)

nutschell said...

Gosh I agree about these distractions! I think I'd get a lot of writing done if it weren't for facebook or favorite tv shows.
Nutschell
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