No idea how to stay focused but if you find out, please let me know. My distraction is driving me to distraction and I tend to take a break and try again later. It's not really working out for me, though.
Sounds like something I can try, thank you! I want to write, I just get bogged down sometimes, after writing and re-writing the same stuff. I am really excited for the story line itself, but I find some of my characters become formulaic and stiff, and then their conversation becomes crap. I just need to keep at it I guess!
You need Write Or Die. It plays scratchy violin music at you if you stop writing. You can use the online version for free or download the desktop app for £5.
To be honest, though, since deciding in Sept that I really wanted to get on with this writing thing I haven't lacked motivation. I'm 41 (far too old to have still not published a book!), my children interrupt me a lot, so I am pretty good at seizing the moments when they're not. It's the sense of blind panic that does it.
How do you stay focused, not check your emails or Facebook, or get side tracked by dishes and making supper? Every time I get interrupted by requests from the kids, or DH looking for something, or even getting a coffee, it takes me a while to get back on task. I try having my on space, and closing the door, but even when the rest of the family leaves me be, I can end up staring out the window at ships going by. I need something that can snap me back to work. You know, like discipline.