Focusing in Paradise

As a writer with A.D.D, I know ALL about writing through distractions and attempting to keep focus. This past week has been particularly tough due to these amazing Cape Town views.

Like, how does anyone expect me to write when the weather is gorgeous and there’s not a cloud in the sky? Same thing happens during the summer in New York. All I want to do is be outside in the sun, brunching on the weekends, heading to the beach, playing in the park. I honestly thought I would get a whole heap of work done here in Cape Town, but perhaps paradise is not the ideal location to stay locked at your desk, attempting to bang out another book. 

However, I will say stepping away from my regular daily routine has helped in many other ways. When we Debs are on vacation or traveling, we flag that we have ‘Gone Fishing.’ Well… I’ve been fishing for about three weeks now. I needed this break from reality. Due to stress, I found myself starting to resent just about everything that had to do with my book, from planning the launch party to writing our weekly blogs. I needed a moment to decompress, have fun, and treasure the fact that I’m actually following my dreams. I’m really an author. I really have a book coming out. There are people who would DIE to be in my sandals. How dare I dread a single moment of this journey. Therefore, I’m not sorry for taking this break and I’m not sorry I’ve let traveling distract me. I’ve earned this moment in the sun!   

Currently on my way back to states. Little more than a month away from launch. I’m ready. 🙂

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Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY is due January 24th, 2017 through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.

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