I am so distractable. You?
It's gotten out of hand. If I'm on the internet, I have a habit of writing half a page, then seeing the little Gmail notifier pop up and tell me I have new mail, so I jaunt off and check that, then I remember I haven't checked my reader yet, so I go there, which reminds me that I need to check my calendar, and then I see that I have to add a task in my task list, and then...
Well, you get the idea.
The flow is lost. My "living" in the character is lost. It takes me an hour to get back to focus. Not a good use of my time, LOL!
Remember that friend I told you about, who wrote 10,000 words a day for almost two years and then quit writing altogether?
Well, she could actually write and IM at the same time!
I can't. When I go into my little fictional world, it's all or nothing. I have to be 100% there. Getting into that ultra-focus is a more and more of a task for me, lately.
There are only three things that can get me that focused:
- Being at the last-minute of a deadline (a real one, not a self-imposed one).
- Random Inspiration.
So you can imagine the relief I felt, the actually happiness I felt, when one of the sites wrote me and asked if I could give her my latest story earlier. Instead of more pressure, I just felt, Oh thank God! I get to write tonight! A lot, too!
I was practically giddy with gratefulness, because this is going to back me up against a wall and I'll be writing my little fingers off for the next month.
Isn't that silly? Why can't I replicate that on my own? Why can't I just back myself up against a wall and write my fingers off all the time?
- It's full-screen writing. NOTHING is on the screen except the words of your story. Not even formatting buttons.
- It has little timers. If I set the timer at 10 minutes and tell myself I can be unfocused all I want after the time goes off, I go FOCUSED quickly. I guess my brain interprets it as a last-minute deadline or something.
- It has countdowns. So if your goal is to write 3,000 words in a given day, then you can set the countdown to 3,000 words.
And look how pretty and relaxing it is: (You can change all colors as you wish. I'm told black background with light gray text is easiest on the eyes.)
So how do you focus? Do you have to use tricks? Do you rely on deadlines? Love them or hate them? Have you ever tried a full screen writer?
PS: If you try Q10, there are no buttons to distract. Remember pressing F1 is the key to navigation, or else you'll be stuck!