How Do I Keep From Being Distracted

One of the biggest problems for writers is getting distracted from the work.

I’m not going to preach about how the writing should be the be-all and end-all of your day because the truth is; sometimes it’s really hard to keep on going. Sometimes it takes two hours just to force out three-hundred words, sometimes you have to spend a seemingly endless amount of time researching whether or not you really can climb through a hatch inside an elevator (you can’t, by the way, on some older models you can climb in through the outside but mostly they require a key that only the fire service have).

So, distractions are inevitable.

How do you fight the urge to drift over to Youtube or put on a movie? Well, the way I do it is to remind myself what I want out of this whole writing malarkey. I want a career, I want to get paid to create stories and that’s just not going to happen if I do what everyone else does and spend my free time playing Xbox and watching reality TV.

Don’t get me wrong, there should always be time for these types of activities in your life but remember what your ambition is, remember why you started writing in the first place. When you sit down to write, write. That’s all you should do, add words to your story, grow it, build it and do not let the lure of Fail of the Week videos call to you. Write until you are done writing, whether that means two hours or two thousand words, get it done and then do whatever you want.

The key is to engage fully with what you are doing and to remind yourself why you are doing it, and if you really really want to make it as a writer you’ll keep writing and save the unhelpful stuff for later. Besides; writing is fun enough anyway.

I know it’s cliche to quote Churchill, it seems the man only spoke in parables, but I’m going to quote him now; ‘You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.’ Your destination is Writer, Published Writer, Writer Who Makes a Living off of Words. So do not allow those distractions to slow your journey, keep moving forward.


@benjamin0liver (the ‘o’ is a zero)


One thought on “How Do I Keep From Being Distracted

  1. The part about the elevator was quite humorous. It is amazing the amount of time a person can spend on story details once they start to wonder things. How far can a horse travel in one day? What time of year is summer squash harvested? How many items can fit in a purse that is 8 x 4 x 2? There is a strange amount of effort that can go into making sure something is realistic. There’s always that idea that most people won’t notice, but there is that fear that at least one will. … So, what is the top speed of a minivan?

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