I absolutely love the internet. It is like having a extensive personal library right under your fingertips. I love being able to do research on the fly but it can also be very distracting for a procrastinator like me.
My personal internet Time Vampires (websites that take way more of your time than you originally intended) are Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and icanhascheezburger. Even WordPress is starting to become a time vampire of its own, they are so many great blogs! I often find myself reading one blog, then another and then suddenly I am finding I have not gotten anything done and it is two hours later.
What do you all do to battle these ruthless time suckers?
I have made a conscious effort to keep off those websites if I am settling in to do some work. It has been really hard, especially ignoring Facebook but I have gotten better. I also make sure to set aside some time so I can goof off on the net. I have found some of the most amazing things by stumbling upon them completely by accident. These all contribute to feeding my hungry brain and giving me inspiration. I think it all comes down to something that can basically be applied to anything in life: finding the right balance.
I know for me personally I am at my creative best when I can immerse myself in other creative outlets like photography, art, music, and movies. History and mythology fascinate me and some of my best ideas have come to me after being inspired by some Greek myth or an obscure Japanese fairy tale.
Letting the writer in me over rule the searcher and knowledge hunter is definitely a daily struggle. Even if I had all the time in the world, I probably would have this daily fight. Now I just have to perfect my balance of creative inspiration and working on existing projects.
Today did not go as planned, at all. I know it is bound to happen but it is really hard to not let it bother me. I had wanted to work on my organization project but I was late getting home. Now the day is all but gone.
I am trying to stick with my goal of daily writing, so even though I am not working on any specific story I still made a point of keeping my 30 minutes per-day writing goal. That is another great thing about this blog. I am still writing and getting my author gears a-whirling but I do not have to force myself to work on something my heart might not be 100% into at that exact moment.
So what do you all do when something like this happens? Any tips on how my fellow writers or other creatives out there recover when unexpected real life events throw a kink in your writing plans?
My various “note” books. At least four are for one single story.
So instead of wasting more time fretting over whether or not working on the new story or an old one is the right thing to do, I have made a compromise with myself.
Compromise + Organization = Compromization
As you can see in the above picture, I have notes for various books everywhere. At least four of the notebooks in the picture are for my Super-Secret book. For some reason, I am terrified to condense and throw theses away.
I also have a journal/notebook fetish. I love them. If I see one I like, I usually buy it, even if I do not really have a reason for it at that exact moment. There is some good news however. I recently found a NLA Group (Notebook Lovers Annonymous) and my sponsor is helping me overcome my addiction. It is terribly hard though as Martha Stewart just released an adorable office supply line. The journals are amazing, Moleskin quality with a touch of style. I will be strong and have banned myself from the local Staples.
Enough with my OCD, fetishes and on to the point shall we? I have decided that I will start working on my new story, but only AFTER I have gotten all my current ideas organized and in a less haphazard system.
Organization of my ideas is one of the reasons why I decided to start blogging on WordPress was to have all my random musings and research in one place. I am still working out how I will use it the most intuitive way, but so far I am really impressed. I am sure there will be a blog at some point highlighting everything once I get it all figure out.
So tomorrow will begin my mass exodus of organization. Wish me luck!