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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Off the Rails - IWSG May 2024


Welcome to IWSG Day. The goal of this blog hop is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a haven for insecure writers of all kinds. IWSG is the brainchild of our fearless ninja leader Alex Cavanaugh.  Thank you to co-hosts for May:  Victoria Marie Lees, Kim Lajevardi, Nancy Gideon, and Cathrina Constantine.

This month’s optional question: How do you deal with distractions when you are writing? Do they derail you?

I started writing a response to this month’s question last week, but then, well, I got derailed.

I am not an effective multi-tasker. When I'm writing, I’m all in, to the detriment of anything else on my to-do list. Currently though, there’s a construction project going on at my house which has provided enormous distraction. No matter what I think I’ll be doing after work each afternoon, very little of it has been getting done.

The early mornings are quiet, so I can still write then, and during the first two weeks of demolition, I wrote after work, sitting down at the computer wearing headphones. Now though, it’s the decision-making stage and every answer requires research. Rather than doing the late afternoon writing that has been powering me along, I’m Googling. The building inspector has required me to replace a door to the garage. Research doors. Do I want overhead pendant lights? Research, research, research and…no. The bricks I chose to match existing brick for a part of the project are unavailable, which meant visiting brickyards. During one such adventure, Google Maps played games, sending my daughter and me onto the highway then off and over it, only to put us back on the highway where we started. Ultimately, it directed us to a subway parking garage and announced we were at our destination. When we finally found the brickyard, half a mile from that garage, it was in the process of being demolished. Thanks AI. I swear I heard the phone chuckle.

So, back to this month’s question. How do I deal with distractions? With headphones until that doesn’t work anymore. Then I hop off the tracks. It’s all good. I still have my morning writing time. Eventually the project will get done and besides, the trip to the brick yard provided fodder for future writing.

In the meantime, they're about to start hanging cabinets. There are drawer pulls to choose. Who knew you could have handles or knobs, or handles and knobs? (Insert eye roll here.) Time for more research.