Driven to Distraction

Friday, November 9, 2018

  Tips to keep your writing distractions to a minimum: Don’t have children. Download one of those apps like FocusMe that let you forbid yourself internet for a certain block of time. See number 1. Alternatively, book a babysitter/bribe your partner/friend to watch the kids you chose to have so you can have uninterrupted time. Kids will not let you write. I repeat: they will not. You will put your…

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Writing in Troubled Times

Monday, January 8, 2018

I’m a political junkie. It’s an inherited trait. I’m a government brat. My parents have both worked at the state and local level on and off throughout my life — in fact, it’s hard to think of a time when one or the other of them wasn’t in public service of some kind. Since my sister and I have been old enough to grasp the concepts, dinner conversations have often…

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Bring on the Ski Flicks and Planet Earth

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Two things of which I’m sure: 1) drinking water helps cure many ailments, 2) distractions help me write. I have a docking station for my laptop which gives me the luxury of connecting to two computer monitors simultaneously. Unless I’m editing something which requires a bit more screen space, I typically use one for the Word doc and the other for entertainment. I’m presently watching YouTube music videos, though Pandora…

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Focusing in Paradise

Friday, December 9, 2016

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…

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Willpower vs. Social Media

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I’m supposed to give y’all advice on how to write through distraction, but that’d be like an active alcoholic talking you out of a bender. I’m grateful to my Debutante Ball friends for picking this topic because it forced me to assess the gravity of my current situation: A year ago I had no book deal and was last man standing on avoiding social media. I wrote 4-6 hours a…

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How Not to Write. How to Write.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I love this topic, because I know so much more about not writing than I do writing. Not writing is easy, and most of us do it all day long, for so many hours that we get very good at it, and I myself am positively expert. I’ve run into a couple of folks who will say, with a straight face, that writing is such an imperative for them that…

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When Life Is a Distraction

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I’m terribly organized. I use a homemade planner where everything is scheduled and to-do’d and recorded. I keep a family calendar online so everyone in my family knows where he or she is supposed to be. My schedules are exact. Dance drop-off/viola pick up are coordinated for the same time every Tuesday. I run four mornings a week. I have the 5th grade literary journal meeting every Wednesday. I edit…

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How Not to Write

Monday, November 16, 2015

  Here is my time-tested, foolproof method of not writing. If you follow these seventeen simple steps, you may never write another word again!  1. Set your timer for the number of hours you have available to write before going to work, picking up the kids, going to the doctors etc. 2. Boot up your laptop. Read the pages you wrote yesterday, revising as you go. Do this until you reach a…

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Deb Tom Is Thankful for Distractions

 Gobble. GobbleGobbleGobbleGobble … Wait. English. Yes. Welcome to Thanksgiving Day at the Debutante Ball! The debutantes are all spending today with their families (and hopefully none of mine), so I – DEB TOM – agreed to fill in at the Ball today. (I might have stolen Deb Susan’s password without her knowing, but we’ll just make that our little secret, shall we?) Those of you in the United States are…

Thursday, November 22, 2012
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