This summer I have intentionally slowed down my touring schedule. One reason is I wanted to devote more time to writing.
Wait, I need to take this call.
“Hello? No, I don’t need your credit card service. I have asked you about 100 times to take my number off your call list. Please don’t call again.”
Grrr…there ought to be a law! So, where was I?…ah, writing…
The Oregon weather is finally wonderful. So I am sitting out on my patio, looking up at the sky…oh, you have got to be kidding me. I just swept the cobwebs off the eaves yesterday and now they are back! Ugh… where is that broom?
[long pause, we hear some grumbling about spiders]
Okay, I’m back…
Now for some inspiration. Maybe I’ll address the writing process for the creative. Controlling your environment is very important-
“What? Yes, Lorie I know I said I would unload the dishwasher and – Now? But I was gonna… okay…now.”
[another long pause, with dishes clanking in the background]
All right, uh, controlling environment…
I have discovered that I do my best writing when I can find a space to work that is devoid of distractions-
[phone chime alert]
Oh, wow! This is great! A booking just came in. I need to respond to this right away. Let me look at the calendar…
[clacking of keyboard on the computer]
So…yeah…devoid of distractions. In fact I think my best writing was-
[Lawn maintenance guy rounds the corner of the house with a leaf blower. A few wood chips fly up onto the keyboard]
My best writing…my best writing was NOT done at home.
As strange is it may sound, I think I have more control over my environment at almost any place but home…
[long pause in the writing process]
I’m writing this last part at a coffee shop. Not too far from my home. Now I can write without distractions.
“Whoa…is that guy gonna drink all that by himself? That’s one huge drink. I wonder if it comes with a catheter?”
To be continued… or maybe not.
[Note: I really did set out to write about the importance of controlling your environment when writing. Most of the distractions that I mention, really did happen during the writing of this article]Posted by Chuck Neighbors | 0 comments