Have you seen the movie, “Up”? It’s great. Especially the part where the dogs see a squirrel and completely lose track of everything else as they yell, “SQUIRREL”? That’s how I feel. Every time I start writing.
The puppies cry and I let them out and then I check Facebook and Twitter or start watching an episode on Netflix. Then the puppies make a noise and I try to figure out what else they need and then I check Facebook or Twitter or start watching an episode on Netflix. And then I grab something to drink and then I check Facebook or Twitter or watch an episode on Netflix.
It is so incredibly easy to think, “I’ll just glance at Facebook for a few minutes” and an hour goes by. Or, “I’ll just watch one episode of (name show here)” and half a day goes by before I realize that I haven’t actually worked on the one thing that I desperately want to work on – the next book in the series.
Every time this happens, I wonder to myself why I do this. And I think it is more than just a procrastination issue. I think it is a genuine fear that I won’t be able to make the next scene exactly the way that I want it or that I won’t be able to find the right words to describe something to the reader. Or, even worse, I’ll realize that I’ve written myself into a corner and will have to delete half of a book… again.
I’m trying desperately to find ways to not allow myself to be distracted like this because I love writing and I’m so excited to keep publishing The Auctor Trilogy series. But that means abiding by some hard and fast rules for Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix.
Wish me luck!
We’ll know if this worked or not by when the next book in the series get published.
The Wicked Cabal – due out February 2017.