Some authors can do it. Some can’t. Writing with distractions going on all around you can be extremely difficult. Ranging from the television to being on, to children running around playing and screaming, to your spouse asking you questions and/or telling you stories, to video games, household chores, and, of course, music. Though, there is some debate whether music counts as a distraction or not. I don’t typically count it as one. Music helps drive me forward. Music moves me.
Regardless of what the distraction is, it’s inevitable, at times, to get absolute peace and quiet while working on your project. I think many of us know this and trudge along anyway, hoping that we’re not too distracted while writing, so that when we later go back through what we wrote, we aren’t left with too many questions. Or just plain confusion, in some cases. I know there have been a few instances where I’ve read a sentence I wrote and had no freaking idea what I meant. Even my husband couldn’t decipher it.
Whereas life is filled with distractions, some good, some bad, we writers have to learn how to tune all of this out and focus on our project. If we allow the distractions to, well… distract us, we would never get anything done. Even locking ourselves into our office doesn’t get us away from all distractions. The big one, for me, is the internet and social media. Even when I’m by myself at home, I am often drawn away from writing to usually Facebook. I will admit that I have been doing better about this, but it is still there. It still has a lure to it, wondering if someone posted something funny or what kind of new recipe I can try. This is basically what I use Facebook for. Rarely do I post anything about our writing or books on it as the algorithm for such things kind of sucks. I use Twitter for advertising as I feel I reach more people. I also tend not to post personal things on Facebook either. My husband and I enjoy our private lives and don’t generally want everyone to have a look into it. We give people glimpses of it, and that’s it.
So, getting back on track, how do authors write with these distractions? For me, it’s will power and desire. The desire to see my story through. The desire to try to write as many of my story ideas as I can. The desire to have my husband read them. He’s my main audience. He’s the one I usually write for, if not for myself.
I still get distracted from time to time, but I don’t chide myself too harshly, as long as I was able to write something that day. Sometimes, you need the distraction when you’re writing to gather your thoughts. As long as I get to write that day and work on furthering my goals of writing all the stories I possibly can, I am usually content. If I never make it as a bestselling author, at least I had loads of fun trying.
So write on with distractions. Write on without them. Just write and enjoy yourself.