Monday, 8 June 2015

Six things that distract me

There's no doubt about it - several things distract me from writing. We all have our own distractions and these are mine:

- Second: Facebook. Oh yes. When I sit down at the computer, the first thing I do is check what my friends have been doing. I can't help it. Although if I'm out of WiFi reach, I can easily live without it, and, to be honest,  I get a lot of work done then. ;)

- Third: Twitter. I have to know what new debates are going on there. Friday is always a busy day. :)

- Fourth: Different occasions; birthdays, celebrations, gatherings, etc.

- Fifth: Family. Luckily I'm a night owl, so most of my writing is done at night, when my family goes to sleep and the house is silent and still. So my family shouldn't really be a distraction, but... they can slow me down if they don't fall asleep 'on time'... (joking)

- Sixth: books, books and, did I mention, books. I love to read and, like most book nerds, I always have a book or my Kindle with me. If I get a chance to open it, I do. But there is also one more positive thing about carying around either of them. I don't mind (too much) if I have to wait; whether that's in the post office, or in any waiting room. I take a book out of my bag and, voila, I'm relaxed and not angry.

So you're probably wondering why I started with Number Two and I'm sure you think Facebook is Number One, and I've made a mistake. I haven't. 

The Number One thing that distracts me from writing is my job. 
I'm still employed full-time (thank god for that) so those eight hours per day (at least) from Monday to Friday are, let's face it, a distraction. 
I can think about plots, characters, plot twists, settings etc., when I'm involved in all the other things that distract me from ACTUAL writing... but not my job. My work is not something I can take lighlty and I'm not the sort of person who would take it lightly.

No matter what I do, I do it at 100%. I can't do it any differently. 

These are my greatest distractions. What distracts you from what you love to do most?

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