On the Difficulty of Staying Focused During Writing

Ever have one of those sessions (or many)—perhaps even during this holiday season—when you sit down to write and just can’t seem to tame your monkey mind?

Maybe what’s got you distracted is visions of sugarplums, the holiday treats you made last night, or a good old-fashioned banana nut muffin and coffee like blocked writer Nicholas Cage/Charlie Kaufman below. Or maybe you just have to check on all your tweeps and Facebook friends, you know, just to make sure they’re okay. Or maybe it’s just all that #%&!% holiday shopping you still have left to do.

Whatever it is, take knowing comfort in this funny scene from Adapation, the 2002 semi-autobiographical movie from Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and director Spike Jonze.

For Help Getting Your Writing Kick-Started and Being Productive

What “tricks” do you use to write for a certain amount of time and stay focused while doing so?



Filed under Inspiration, Writing/Books

5 responses to “On the Difficulty of Staying Focused During Writing

  1. You included my posts with links to WU & Nina? Color me flattered. =) Thanks Diann!

    • You’re welcome, they’re great! I work from home most of the time, though, and have to be careful with your #5. To be my most productive, I’ve put up a mental block against house chores during work hours, otherwise I could be in dangerous territory! : )

  2. Oh! Thanks so much for including me in this great post! Love the clip and the links.

    AND, Merry Christmas to you, Diann! Looking forward to more of your posts in 2013. I’m glad you got the blog started and can cross it off your 2012 to do list. 🙂

  3. Pingback: Three Life Lessons My Writing Workshop Helped Me Remember | Books+Body

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