Well, the in-laws have left, the holiday break is over, and it's time to get back to work. I'm going to start my 1000-word-a-day goal tomorrow morning and I'm looking forward to a month of productivity.
In order to meet my goal, I'm going to have to work on one of my biggest writing challenges: focus. Most of you parents of young children (or old children) know it can be really hard to get a few minutes of quiet time to write. Even when I do get quiet time, it's still difficult to turn off my mommy brain (which is wondering what I will make for dinner and how long I can put off mopping the kitchen floor), and turn on my writing brain (which needs to be focused on how my MC should react when he discovers his mom is an alien).
Sometimes it isn't too hard to get in "the zone." I start typing and immediately get wrapped up in the story. I could go for hours. But often I write a sentence or two and then I wonder if maybe I should check my email to see what my writer friends are up to. And, since I'm online anyway, I read a few blogs. Then maybe I read a few featured "news" articles, because I HAVE TO KNOW where the cast of Saved by the Bell is now. Before I know it my baby is up from his nap, and I've only written 25 words.
So yeah, I need to work on that. The first thing I'm going to do is UNPLUG the Internet until I have my 1000 words done tomorrow (which is good, because I'm pretty sure I could blow the whole morning catching up on No Kiss Blogfest posts--they'll have to be my reward for finishing).
Am I the only one with focus issues? Do you sometimes waste your writing time reading about the fascinating lives of washed up celebrities? Do you have any tricks to help you maintain focus while you write?
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