Personally, I struggle with this a lot. It's not just the internet that distracts me, it's everything. I'm much more productive during wee hours - after midnight or before dawn - precisely because there's nothing else going on. There's no little sister calling for help on her math homework or a car inspection that just has to get done or an adorable white puppy insisting you to throw her toy. This would be fine, if I was the kind of person who could do without sleep. I'm not. Without a full 8 hours, I turn into a Disney villain. Namely, one who can shoot fire from her eyes.
These past few weeks have been worse than normal. Exciting things are happening for me, in seemingly every area of life. Which not only makes it hard to carve out time to write, it makes it hard to do the actual writing. I'm not thinking about the GMC of my heroine, I'm instead replaying that phone call I just had. This had to stop. If I get out of rhythm with writing, I'll wake up three months later with barely 1200 words written. So what did I do?
I turned to books. Of course.
Last night, I drew myself a bubble path, brewed some tea, and amassed some of my favorite writing books. The theory? Reading about writing would get me more excited about writing. This is something that happens to me all the time -the more I research a topic, the more enthusiastic I become about it. If I'm looking at gorgeous fabric, I want to sew a dress. If I'm reading about character archetypes, I want to write my own characters!
Does anyone else find this to be true? I know craft books can burn some people out, but there's nothing that rejuvenates my writing mojo like reading a good one. We all get distracted from our goals from time to time, but what do you do to counteract that?
The books in question:
- The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever and Sue Viders.
- Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
- Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress