Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Facebook the distractor

One thing that gets on my nerves is when I sit down to write is being distracted. I can get distracted by some of the silliest things. One of them would be good ole Facebook. Sometimes I really think that Facebook is the devil. I will sit down and have all these ideas flowing for one of my characters but I just see the button to go to Facebook and there I go.

Sometimes it’s a good distraction but more likely than not it is not. People get on there and forget to show a little decorum. Then it’s all of those cute little videos of children growing up and those pets OMG. So the next thing I know the five minutes I was supposed to spend to actually make a post on my author’s page turns into two hours of nothingness.

That is one of the nuances of being a writer. The first thing is classic avoidance by distraction. What that really means is I am avoiding the inevitable of hours and hours of writing. Now don’t get me wrong, I love writing, but sometimes I can get very discouraged. That’s because I feel I am not where I want to be as a writer. I feel like maybe I should just go back to school and get a writing degree. 

However, I don’t have time for that and I already have two degrees so I don’t need another one just to placate my insecurities. With this in mind I have to get over myself and sit down and ride out the storm. Writing, good writing does not come easy for anyone not even the greats. We put our every being into the craft and hope to come out with something, anything that is worth being seen by another’s eyes. Even if you are just writing for yourself you still want it to be worth the time you spent.

This little nuance of avoidance by distraction can easily be cured. You just do the work and keep doing the work.  Still though, everyone falls into that little hole of avoidance. What you have to do is make the avoidance tactic work for you. If you gotta be on Facebook look at stories that will give you more ideas for your writing. Life as it written, especially on Facebook, can make for some of the best stories. All I need to do is pick and choose a vibrant story then sit down and write.

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