Saturday, February 13, 2010

Things Are Already Looking Up

So, y'all know how down I've been feeling, and let me tell you, the outpouring of support has helped tremendously. I'm sticking to my diet (which means no guilt which means I can be proud which means ONE DAY in the FUTURE - however far away that may be - I will be able to buy SMALLER pants), I'm successfully revising one chapter a day of Between the Letters and am already getting GREAT useful feedback from my super fab online Kritique Group (not to be confused with my other Critique Group), AND to top it all off, I won my first blog contest!

Liz at Cleverly Inked hosted a fantastic 100 followers contest, giving away two signed books of Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore, and a $20 Barnes and Noble Gift Card. I won a signed book and the gift card!! SO excited! Seriously lifted my spirits... lots. If you want your spirits lifted (and want to win FREE stuff), check out my sidebar section under CONTESTS! for some current opportunities! People really do win those things!

Another great thing: THREE DAY WEEKENDS! President's day is Monday, and while I could save that day and use it elsewhere this year, methinks I need it now. I plan to be glued to my computer, revising and typing furiously (maybe I should disconnect the internet??). I may also want to enlist the hubby to help me clean the house between today and tomorrow so I won't be tempted to on Monday. Although, the forecast is Sunny, high of 52 low of 29... I do believe I'll have to do some vitamin soaking/reading out on the back deck for at least a couple of hours.

Does anyone else find it easy to get distracted when you sit down to write? What sort of things pull you away? And why exactly do we get distracted from writing in the first place? We LOVE writing! Is it a fear? Is it belief that when we sit down to write, we are ignoring too many other things (like the ring in the toilet) that should be tended to first? What is it that pulls you away most?

9 comments:

  1. I definitely get distracted when I sit down to write. And it drives me crazy because I don't get much time to myself. I'm starting to get better. I used to have to have the dishes done, bed made, etc. But sometimes I catch myself wanting my desk organized first. I think it's fear. Fear of a blank page, fear of not being able to come up with any new ideas...I'm not sure of what else.

    Great post!

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  2. Congrats on your contest win! Sounds like it came at just the right time...

    I get distracted when writing, too. Sometimes it's "hmmmm, I wonder what is going on at the Steph in the City (as an example) blog" or "has anyone commented on my Facebook status" or "I should see what the damn cat is up to now." [note: the cat is usually just sleeping or staring at random stuff, like walls]

    I think I'm just easily distracted, though.

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  3. I left you something over on my blog!

    Happy Saturday! :)

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  4. Congrats on the win -- especially the signed book. To me, that's the coolest thing to possess.

    I'm easily distracted when I sit down to write, probably because I sense my inspiration is low. It isn't usually fear. The funny thing is I know my inspiration is heightened as I write...when I just get to it, I get into the zone. My worse distractions are checking my blog for comments, reading other bloggers' posts, and visiting my Writing.com portfolio hoping someone has critiqued my work.

    Glad to hear you're spirits are up!! Happy Valentine's Day and enjoy your writing day Monday :)

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  5. Umm... everything pulls me away. Like now... blogs are my weakness. : )

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  6. glad things are turning around!!! Congrats on winning!

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  7. That's what it is that keeps me from writing. That dang ring in the toilet that keeps calling my name...

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  8. Oy. I am sooooo easily distracted, I seriously feel like I have writer's ADD. Sometimes I don't get to my house stuff AT ALL and that does distract me, but it never ends, so I have to give up at some point, ya know? :)

    AWESOME about your booky win AND in getting back in the groove with revisions. That's something that you can't make happen, it's just gotta happen when you're feeling it. Maybe you just needed a break - I read somewhere once that you should always put a finished first draft away for 3 months before you even look at it to revise because you need to give it fresh eyes.

    Ok, if I ever finish my novel, maybe I'll follow that advice. :) And I can't help but feel good that it took you 4 years to write yours (not that I wish you endless novelling) because it gives me hope. :)

    Best of luck with your revisions!

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  9. Glad to hear I'm not the only one that gets distracted! I often reorganize my desk under the excuse that I'll work better with a clean space!

    Dangerous with a pen - yes it's taken me quite a long time to write BTL. I started it about a month before I graduated college in the fall of 2005, and finished the first draft in 2009. I'd say a good 1.5-2 years of that time was spent on other things (not writing), because I got frustrated with it and said, I AM NOT A WRITER. But then lightning struck and I zipped through the rest of the story like a mad woman. Then ideas for other books started popping up. I just hadn't been ready before. But now... I am!!

    Just cleaned much of the house, so tomorrow "should" be distraction free... although, the sun's going to be out.........

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