I’ve been thinking about why I allow myself to become distracted when writing. I’ll be in the middle of a sentence or paragraph and an idea will come into my brain from nowhere–did I take something out for dinner, is the coffee pot still on, did the mail run yet…And once my mind goes off on that tangent I’m not into the writing zone anymore. I’ve zoned out.
When I zone out of the writing because of a block I usually take that time to check FB, WP Reader, Twitter, etc.. At least that’s what I used to do. I just got back on social media after a brief hiatus.
So what causes it? Why am I allowing myself to become distracted by random thoughts or blocked at certain points when writing? I think it’s because I’m at a pivotal place in my writing. A spot that feels a little hairy…Like maybe I’ve got writer’s distraction or writer’s block because I’m afraid, because I don’t think I’ll be able to pull off that part. I don’t know. All I do know is that I’m the one allowing it. I’m the one doing it to myself.
I thought that taking a break from social media would help, and it did, to a point. But it’s not the social media, it’s me. I’m allowing it to happen. Sure, I could blame it on the ADHD, and in part that’s part of the problem but the rest of the problem is that I need to take control of my writing. I need to put myself out there and believe in myself as a writer. I need to sit my ass in that chair and write, even if it’s complete and utter crap until I find the zone, figure out a way to work with my ADHD instead of against it, and find a way to use social media to my advantage, but not let it interfere with my writing.
(I’ll let you know how that goes over the next week, I’m sure you’ll see a post or two on FB, a tweet on Twitter, or something. 😀 )