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SoldAtAuction Sun 28-Jul-13 15:27:03

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.blush

How do you stay on task?

TunipTheVegedude Sun 28-Jul-13 16:06:47

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.

SoldAtAuction Sun 28-Jul-13 19:20:18

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!

ninah Sun 28-Jul-13 19:23:24

I'd carry on writing and leave the rewrites to the end. I envy your view - I think I'd have to face the wall!

SoldAtAuction Sun 28-Jul-13 21:43:50

My view is wonderful, I am about 200 meters from the shore.
I see tugs, sail boats, cruise ships, submarines, coast guard cutters, the ferry, navy ships, cargo container vessels.
Lovely distractions! grin

TunipTheVegedude Sun 28-Jul-13 21:45:09

There's your problem then. Close the curtains!

fackinell Mon 29-Jul-13 23:51:05

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.

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