I am sitting here on a Saturday night, in my home office, trying to finish a PB manuscript for my third book about dachshunds, aka wiener dogs. I sat down tonight with the intention of writing til the end of the story, but I actually only have three additional sentences, but a ton of scribbled ideas that are going in several directions. And it has been 4 hours! So what happened during these 4 hours? Here goes:
~sat down at my desk with a bowl of ice cream and a glass of water
~ stared at my typed unfinished manuscript and reread it aloud
~stared at my notebook and pencil waiting for an idea
~typed the next sentence
~deleted the sentence
~typed another sentence (this one I kept)
~ heard the ding that a Facebook comment was made and checked it
~ responded to the friend comment that has absolutely nothing to do with writing
~had to reopen my manuscript Word document that minimized when I checked FB
~heard the sound of my dog’s nails walking down the hall (please don’t scratch at the office door)
~heard my husband say “Na, can you take the dog out?” My reply was, “No, I am writing”.
~scribbled some other pencil ideas down in my notebook about what may happen to the wiener dogs next in my story.
~typed the next sentence.
~deleted that sentence.
~Googled “funny dachshunds playing outside images”
~Jotted down a few notes
~heard the ping of FB again and had to look.
~began a PM discussion with another indie writer who I have never met before.
~spent a few minutes looking at her FB page.
~decided to close out FB to minimize distractions
~needed more ice cream and a potty break
~opened my manuscript again because it minimized, and I got serious about finishing
~stared at my notebook and visualized my characters and their current situation in their current setting.
~realized I wanted more humor at this point in the story
~got back on FB to my dachshund groups I joined
~wrote a post asking for members to tell me about anything their wiener dog experienced outside that was funny.
~started getting hits right away.
~had to reply to all of them.
~wrote down some great ideas for my characters in my notebook.
~Googled “can you eat sap from a tree?”
~Googled “Is sap from maple trees edible?”
~learned that sap can be removed from hair with peanut butter (I can use this!)
~back on FB to tell a friend that I am not going birding tomorrow morning (another passion of mine)
~decided to write to Lindsay Bandy in hopes that other writers will tell me that this is all NORMAL.
- How about you? What kinds of distractions and struggles do you face during your writing time? Do you ever find yourself pleasantly surprised at where a bunny trail led you? How do you maximize your productivity?