I write almost every day. I start my morning with coffee and yakking with HH, then head into my office. Sorting through e-mails, blogs, and twitter helps jumpstart my brain, and then I get down to the business of putting words on my computer screen. My grandson in Indy calls nearly every morning at 10:30 when he’s taking his dog on its walk. No matter what I’m doing, if I’m in the middle of revising or writing a scene, I stop to talk to him. My daughter often calls in the afternoon. I stop again. My grandson in California, in the marines, calls at odd times. And my sister calls a few times most days. Those are just the regulars. And I look forward to every one of their calls.
I’m not one of those people who can sit down and write 10,000 words in one day. Well, I don’t think I am. It’s never happened. I write a scene, and then my mind wanders. I fiddle with something else until the next scene comes to life for me. I know what each scene needs to do because I outline every single one of them before I start a book. But I still need to noodle how I want to present it. A phone call is a perfect distraction to jerk my mind in a new direction and let the characters decide how to get where they need to be.
Some days, when the phone rings more often than usual, I might get more distracted than I want to, but life has to be about balance. And as much as I love writing, I love friends and family just as much. They all have to make room for each other.
When I first started writing, and the kids were little, my husband worked second trick. There was always someone underfoot, even if I went to the basement and hid in a corner to write. Maybe that’s why I can’t plough through words for hours at a time. Distractions were part of my writing rhythm. I worked around them. Now that the kids have grown and moved out, my husband’s retired. Now he’s the one who pops in and out of my office enough to keep me entertained. On off days, when he leaves for an entire day, I have trouble getting any work done. The house feels too quiet. I get up and wander to the kitchen over and over again to get more coffee, a glass of juice, to look out at my birdfeeders. I need distractions to function at top capacity.
What about you? Do you pound out lots of words in one day or do you dribble them out like I do? What works best for you? And whatever your method, happy writing!