Up next for Managing May is a topic that's sure to scorch a hole through my conscience more than anything. If you happen to experience a similar . . . experience, I'm responsible for 1st degree burns or less. Grab ointment.
It all stems on a personal matter, the constant battle of what I could be doing vs. what I should be doing. Our world is loaded with little gadgets and doohickeys, both fun and pertinent, but for the world of the writer, they can be a horrible vice without discipline on your side. They can deter us into disaster (career or otherwise).
Instead of making a list of dos and don'ts, I invite you to look into your interests, make a list of all the little things you love to do, all the online accounts you have, then ask yourself, how much writing could I really get done? You'd be surprised how much time can be wasted on little things that will keep your book inside your head.
Imagine what would happen if a legendary hero got distracted (you may want to stop at 2:10, for the kids).
Because I fall into this trap, here's my distractions:
Blogging. Movies. PC games. Movie news. Facebook. Movies. Books. Writing and reading movie reviews. Youtube. Email. More movies. Following blogs. Etc.
This is not the rule, just my thoughts on the matter. Distractions aren't all bad. They can be healthy, but too much of anything can deter you from accomplishing the goals that truly matter the most. Make note of whats distracting you and set some limitations. Better yet, offer distractions as a reward for accomplishments.
What distracts you from your writing? What are some tricks that have helped you stay focused on your goals?
I'm David, and my WiP is about--SQUIRREL!