|Writing in my backyard this morning|
Here's my current list in no particular order:
- puppies (two adorable ones, AMAZINGLY distracting)
- also dog sitting (currently four dogs in my house)
- managing household and housework (so. much. can't. let. go.)
- kids' activities, projects, games, practices, camps, etc, etc, etc
- events I've committed to (so many these last few months)
- reading others work and critiquing
- reading others books and loving so much I can't put down
- this blog post (which reminds me...)
And I happen to believe that the biggest impact you can have on your writing career is actually writing, getting that next book done.
This morning I felt like my usual writing space, my office, was serving as a distraction from writing. The space is in flux, furniture is being moved, papers are piled up, half-read books lie spread eagle--I couldn't focus. So I unplugged my MacBook Air from the monitor and went out into the early October morning to write.
My focus followed. So thank God that worked!
I don't know if I have a specific point to make here, but I suppose it might be something like: If you're a writer (or any type of artist, really) it's important to recognize when the busyness of LIFE is keeping you from getting to the work. Recognize that, then find a space and a time, even if it's just an hour, and take your focus and your current project into that world.
It's time well spent.