I just read a guest blog at one of my favorite blog sites, Goinswriter.com. The article, by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, details one of their secrets to excellent writing.
The secret is this: “Sit in a chair for two hours every day.”
Millburn and Nicodemus state that, “Eventually, the words will come.”
Of course, their premise relies on the idea that we are free from all distractions. And I quote: “Make sure you don’t have any distractions in that chair — no internet, no television, no radio, no phone. If you’re truly passionate about writing, you’ll do it.”
Of course, I am sitting at a Starbucks, where the radio is playing loudly. I have my cell phone at my side, and I am using my computer, which, of course, is wirelessly connected to the internet.
And since the words are not coming, I am using my time productively…playing Facebook Scrabble.
On the plus side, this Starbucks does not have a television…
Maybe I’m not “truly passionate about writing.”
It seems like no matter where I go, there are distractions.
And I use them as an excuse not to write.
I have trouble writing at home, because my children, as wonderful as they are, prevent me from focusing.
I have trouble writing at the office, because I feel the pressure to accomplish work-related tasks.
I know these feel like excuses…and maybe they are. But it seems like there are distractions everywhere I go.
What are the distractors in your life? What is it that gets in the way of your accomplishments? And what are you doing to eliminate those distractors?
I would really like to know.
Because I need help.
And who better to help than you?