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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?

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