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Temptation Looms



 
 
 
Welcome to wwwblogs. Today’s discussion will be about maintaining our story focus. Far too many authors yield to the temptation of going off track and end up lost in the middle of their story. Of course, none of us will admit this. We’re always focused. Nothing can disrupt the flow.
 
Uh, let’s step back. The flow can be disrupted. Focus can be lost easily. It really doesn’t take much, just a distraction that blows your concentration and you’re suddenly staring at the screen, wondering what you meant to write next.
 
We are authors first and foremost in our lives. The story is the most important thing to us. If we’re not editing a completed book to submit to a publisher, or publish ourselves, we’re working on a new tale. Oftentimes, we can get mixed up if we’re working on too many projects at once. That’s why we need to learn to stay focused on the story.
 
How does one remain focused? There are many methods we can use but the best is to have a writing area away from distractions. Some authors have to wait until the kids are asleep and the spouse/significant other is otherwise occupied. Others must learn to ignore external distractions of chores or meal preparation in order to accomplish a decent amount of new work each day.
 
One thing we must do every single day is write. It’s too easy to get in the habit of letting the story alone for weeks or months on end. You have friends who want your attention. The house needs cleaning. There’s a trip you’ve wanted to take for years. Groceries must be bought. Those daily disruptions can be handled with a bit of judicious scheduling. If you work best first thing in the morning, ensure that no one can break your concentration however you have to do it. Grocery shop mid-afternoon, when the stores are nearly empty, so you can get back home and dive into your book. If nighttime is your best writing time, do everything you’d normally do at that time during the day. Ensure the children and spouse/significant other are happily occupied and then lock yourself away from them to indulge in your guilty pleasure of create havoc for your characters.
 
Whatever you do, never give up.
 
 
 
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
 
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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