Wednesday, November 7, 2012

IWSG: My Writing Distractions

 
It's time for Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh! We "meet" the first Wednesday of every month and discuss our writing insecurities.

I get distracted easily and never get all my writing done. Blogging is my biggest writing distraction. I could spend days reading and commenting on blogs. I read and comment on several writing blogs every day instead of writing.
 
I love this supportive and encouraging online writing community. You’ve become part of my life and writing journey. You’ve become more than blogging buddies to me ever since I’ve been able to communicate with some of you via email. You’ve opened the doors of friendship to me and I’m glad you did. You amaze me.

But, I’ve crept onto other social media that isn’t Facebook and Twitter. I convinced myself to be on Google+ and Goodreads because my fellow blogging buddies are on them. I’ve met my buddies on Google+ and Goodreads too.

Along with these writing distractions, I haven’t had the inspiration to write. I haven’t felt like writing, too. I’ve been going through a writer’s block lately because of my busy life and social media. I will overcome this writer’s block. I really want to write but the words don’t come to me when I would like them to.

The writing journey is challenging that comes with many obligations. I have to cope with these difficulties and have the uttermost faith in myself along the way.
 
Thank you Alex for hosting this group every month! Thank you C.M. Brown and L.G. Keltner for co-hosting this month!

Does social media distract you? Have you experienced the writer’s block before? How did you cope with it?

30 comments:

  1. When I was at school - before social media (actually, before the internet!!!!) - I found so many ways to avoid doing my homework. I thought I'd grow out of it when I got older and more responsible and wise... but I didn't. And then the internet gave me so many new ways to waste my time!! I don't think I'll ever grow out of it :-)

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  2. Hey,

    Here's my tips: Don't spread yourself tooooooo thin. I was on Google+, but saw the same peeps as I did via Blogger, so I pulled the plug - and haven't missed a beat.

    Remember, moving WIP forward should be our goal, and then you can comment or Tweet/Pinterest/email as a treat :)

    Good luck :)

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  3. Ahh, distractions, distractions. I am distracted by everything - blogs, social media, television, cake, shiny things.

    The only way I can write is to remove it all. I move my laptop to the kitchen, decide how long I'll write for, and then I do it. And then I eat cake. It's win-win really!

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  4. What Mark said. There's a reason I focus mostly on blogging. I'm part of some those other sites, but this is where you will find me on a regular basis.
    I went through a drought of ideas before coming up with one for my third book. Trust me, it passes. Something will ignite your imagination!

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  5. Yes! I get distracted. I should be writing and I'm in cyberland. I hate it. I have to unplug all internet access to write.

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  6. I avoided signing up for Twitter. I have enough going on just keeping up with blogging/commenting. Some days, I have to admit I get caught up in blogging. But after a little while, my characters all start calling to me, and I'm pulled back into my stories. I like to think of my blog posts as a warm-up, or the pre-game show. I also like to think it helps improve my writing. And the relationships I have formed with other writers is just priceless!

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  7. The internet is a huge distraction. I think the trick is time-management... with the bulk of the time going towards the WIP. Easier said than done...

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  8. Ha-- I sometimes tease that I am so busy talking about being a writer, that I really don't have time to write. (In fact, I wrote a blog on that about being a "Poser".) Oh so easy to do. But yes, what Mark and Alex said, I want writing, not promotion, to be my passion. (Grit my teeth and get 'er done.)Love your honesty, Livia.

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  9. Social media is SO distracting!!!! I have the same problem. Totally. (Whoa, just saw my blog tour button! WOW! Thank you so much!!!!) What I do is put myself on a timer--ten minutes where I don't allow myself to do anything else on the computer (or phone) other than work on my writing. Sometimes when the 10 minutes is over, I hop right back onto the internet but most of the time, that 10 minutes turns into an hour and then I feel good that I got something done! I do 10 minutes because it's hard to fail at only doing 10 minutes and thus, I feel successful and want to do it again the next day. It's a psychological trick! LOL.

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  10. It doesn't cause writers block for me, but it does cut into the writing time - sometimes severely. Problem is, I'm not sure how to fix this. Connections with other writers are important. So is building a platform.

    My solution has been to be real with myself about how much I can do and not feel bad if I can't participate in everything. Scheduling blog posts ahead has helped, too. I do 2 to 3 months' worth at a time, then coast and write. ;)

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  11. Blogging is definitely very distracting for me. In fact, this morning when I went to Starbucks for my usual writing session, I spent the whole time blogging instead of writing fiction. But on the other hand, blogging can be a good way to fight writer's block, because sometimes I take certain lines that I like from the posts I've written and I use them in my manuscripts.

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  12. I can so relate to this! Blogging is very distracting for me, but I enjoy it so much I hate to cut back on it. But sometimes I do need to just force myself to step away so I can focus on writing. It's so nice to hop around the blogs though and I love reading and commenting.

    Good luck with overcoming your block, I know you will do it. :)

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  13. I've had to seriously cut down on the amount of Facebook and other online games I play to focus more on writing. I still have a Solitaire program with over 40 games, but I don't fritter away my time on endless computer card games as I did in bygone years. And this computer doesn't have Tetris, which was another major time suck for me for a long time.

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  14. It can be terribly distracting! It's one of the main reasons I stick with blogging. Interacting and building a platform is important but we mustn't forgot our writerly pursuits in the process :)

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  15. Oh yes, social media can be very distracting. I only FB on my phone so I can only do it in short mini-bursts. twitter I only do once a week. Same with blogging, more or less. I devote all of Monday to it and the Wednesday of IWSG. And yes, I do get blocked. Kinda have a touch of that right now. But I just sit down with my tablet and force myself to make even the tiniest of progress. That helps.

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  16. I try to limit my blogging too though for blogfests like today, I just don't plan on doing any other writing but enjoying all the visiting.

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  17. I think goals are so important. You definitely need to know what you want and make it happen. And that means cutting out social media time. I know when I'm under a deadline, I unplug completely and focus solely on the work. The social stuff will always be there when you need a break from working! ;-)

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  18. Blogging takes up more time than all other social media. I tweet every now and then.

    Setting deadlines helped me to stay focused.
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    I've tried to follow you but I get an message saying "error 404."

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  19. I get really distracted too and it makes writing hard, but I've found that if I set up a place specifically for writing and flip off the Internet switch on my laptop, I get things done. Just remember to take little breaks and then go back to writing. Also, try "Write or Die" - it's doesn't let you get distracted without startling you with a noise! One day it was an alarm, another day it was "Peanut Butter Jelly Time".

    And deadlines do help, just don't stress about slipping a little. You can do it! :)

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  20. I get distracted by a lot these days, but blogging does take a lot of time. I love catching up with others and I do learn a lot from the community, too.

    I've had to scale back so I could spend more to writing. I'm not as active on the other social media sites, yet.

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  21. Oh yes! It can all be very distracting - you are not alone. My favorite thing to do in those situations is to get out. Go out with friends or whoever. Do something fun. And take time to observe what's around you. Hopefully inspiration will strike and you'll be ready to write again. :)
    Good to find your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine!

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  22. I close my browser when it's time to write or edit. When I'm done, I can go back to it. I don't answer the phone either unless it's one of my kids' schools calling.

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  23. definitely need to set limits. its easy to get distracted by communication! once newness wears off, it will be easier to concentrate on writing =)

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  24. Yes - social media does take up too much time, especially since publishers aren't doing the author promotion they used to do. It's a necessary evil. But I'm actually cutting down - they do say the best promotion is to write more books!

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  25. Social media is one of my big distractions too. I think setting limits can be useful, but what helps me the most is literally leaving the house to go write somewhere else like a coffee shop and all I bring is my writing. And once you get into the groove I just know you'll be able to balance things out. (:

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  26. well i don't text or really talk on the phone much any longer--i haven't joined twitter, but i think about doing so---i guess maybe fb takes my attention the most :)

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  27. Social media is TOTALLY distracting!! Gah! I limit myself to whatever I can do on my lunch break. As for writer's block, I usually deal with it by writing anyway. I usally end up scrapping that stuff, but pushing through eventually gets me to a place where I feel inspired again. Good luck!

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  28. Livia...great topic. It is tough time management, that's for sure. I'm signed up with them to get a foot in the door, but that's about it. I'll use them when I need, and dabble in it in the meantime, testing the waters. I prioritize. WIP, blog, read, comment...they interchange depending on the day.

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  29. I deal with writer's block by reading or brainstorming for a different project- it doesn't mean I have to start writing something new right away, but it gives my brain a break from thinking about my current project.

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  30. I'm very easily distracted by social media. It's just so tempting to keep checking Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates. I need to learn to resist...

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