Focus has never been a talent of mine. I am easily distracted, which partly explains why I spend entirely too much time on Pinterest and Facebook instead of writing. It took me 18 month to finish painting my dining room. I get half a load of laundry folded when I all of the sudden remember that I should have put a check in the mail. I rush to complete that only to see the spider webs outside our front door that need removed. I go to get the broom, but see the chandelier I was spray painting is ready for another coat, and I should really do that so it can have time to dry.
By the time, my husband gets home, I have half accomplished, or intended to do a million things. Yet nothing gets completed. Needless to say, I have a problem. This scatterbrained unfocused problem bleeds over into my writing. I have recently rediscovered, that my biggest problem is a lack of structure. My lack of goals leave too many options of things to be done. Unfortunately, this often leads to nothing getting done.
To aid me in my housework, I have some friends, who are helping establish routines. I need the accountability.
In an attempt to improve my writing, I have committed to no longer approach my writing with the same reckless abandon I have used that has my house and brain in complete disarray. I can not be a panster. I am going to gain focus through outlining the scenes to get me through the story. I have read some great posts I will link to from a couple of authors and their opinions about structure bringing fun back to the writing process.
If anyone else there is struggling with the side effects of being a procrastinating scatterbrain and is ready to get out of their mess of half completed chores just leave a comment. You have found yourself a support system.
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