Monday, November 19, 2012

Obstacles of a Writer

We all have our own way of setting up our space and our minds for writing. Whether it's listening to music as we write, or silence. Taking a walk, or running to clear our head. Or just putting words to paper and seeing what comes of it. The problem for me is, there have been too many obstacles that have changed my writing habits.

When I first began writing, I would start first thing in the morning. Usually I would end up writing at least 1000 words or more. Even after my first rough draft was finished, I would write in my second book to the series in between working on edits. I even devised an outline chart to keep track of the basic scenes to fall back on when needed. I preferred writing in silence, still do, and I would read out loud when no one was around. If I needed to clear my head, I would take walks, or read chapters to give me ideas for the next scene. 

Now. that's all changed. I am trying to find that place again, but there are too many distractions. My first obstacle was signing up to Facebook. Then my habit went from writing first thing in the morning to social media. As I began to get involved in it, I started my blog and joined Twitter and other sites and found I was spending way too much time in the morning traveling from one site to the other, completely distracted from writing. By the time I realized I hadn't written at all, it was time to get to other responsibilities, such as cleaning, shopping, spending time with the family, anything but writing.

The next thing was joining writing groups and critiques. Although we would talk about the writing, not much writing, (for me anyway) was getting done. I did, however, manage to write 10 chapters that originally was meant to add to my original book, but now has ended up becoming my novella about my main character's family. Not her family in this world, her family in Djenrye. So, that's a good thing.

And, the last distraction, my Graves disease, and what a distraction! I have a hard time remembering what I need to do through out the day, let alone write. 

Time for a change, or at least, go back to my writing habits. My graves symptoms are letting up some, and I do say some. I still have a hard time concentrating to a small degree, but I plan to get back to my love, writing in the morning! 

I am looking forward to spending time with my character Stevie and her friends. I miss coming up with new and fresh ideas for them and new conflicts. The novel is coming along so well. I am excited about how it has turned out. I am going back to finishing the novella and the second book, and can't wait to spend time alone writing the morning away!


What obstacles have you come across that prevent you from writing, or if your passion is something else, what has stopped you? I would love to hear your thoughts so drop me a line in the comment box and let me know. Until next time, I hope everyone has a great week!

Love, Lisa





8 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa, I agree with everything you said. As writers we are told to join sites and interact with other writers; although I enjoy the banter this has taken over my morning routine. Like you, I do or at least have done my writing in the morning; now my routine has drastically changed, and writing itself has taken a back seat to these social media sites. I am not opposed to these sites and through them I have gained much. I've found out things that I would not have on my own and I have met some very nice and interesting people. That being said, I need to reestablish my old routines and get back to what I truly love; WRITING! I am going to try and limit my blogging and social media involvement to one or two days a week, in stead of looking at them on a daily basis (these sites are addictive). Then hopefully I can return to what truly makes me happy. You wrote a great blog, I couldn't agree with you more...

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    1. Thanks for commenting guardian, and I'm with you! Even with the fact that I only blog twice a week, it still takes away time for me. But, i will keep on blogging, instead I will cut back on the other things. i have already cut back Twitter and Facebook. Especially FB after that election, i don't even want to talk to half the people in my list of friends lol! Take care and come back soon!

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  2. My obstacles? I think you just about covered most of mine. Social networking is great, but it can be such a tremendous distraction that hinders doing other things. I've cut way back and still need to cut back more I think. My blog networking has suffered from the cutbacks. I still post regularly, but my visits to other blogs have be curtailed to the extent that I see the affect on my own comment sections. It can be tough to prioritize when everything on the list has some element of importance.

    I came here from your LinkedIn comment and am now following your blog.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I'm with you Arlee, and thanks for joining I appreciate it! I have cut back too, but I agree, time to cut back more. I need to write!

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  3. Hi Lisa,

    I could have written this post myself, except for the Graves Disease. Since releasing my first novel in September, I have been doing a lot of online promotion. Although I've enjoyed the people I've met and it has helped with sales, I so miss my morning writing routine. When I get home from work my mind is too clogged to write. From now on creative writing in the morning and the an hour of social networking at night. Time management is so important! Thanks! ~ Peggy

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    1. First off Peggy, congrats on your Launch! Second, I couldn't agree more. although I am not working I still have a hard time writing at night. I plan to get on it this morning though! Good luck with your new book and may you be prosperous. My first book in my series should come out by early spring.

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  4. The social media thing hasn't worked out for me. I deleted all of my accounts except for Word Press. At least with that, I'm obliged to write an essay almost every day. I've also made some good cyber friends who leave comments that encourage me. I follow a fair number of blogs and leave comments on them every day too. Reading and commenting takes time, but I consider it well spent--writers helping other writers.

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    1. Well Teresa, it's no secret that your blog is one of my favorites! You're funny and I love the 'off the cuff' subjects! I still would love to have you as a guest on my blog! Contact me if you are interested. lisafender8160@gmail.com

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