The Discipline of Writing

@CRK109 (14365)
United States
May 23, 2016 11:32pm CST
When I lived at my last place, I had a separate room dedicated to my writing. It was sparsely decorated and even though I sat near a window, there weren't as many distractions as I would have imagined. Now that I've moved, I don't have anywhere dedicated only to writing. Distractions are everywhere! So I need to be disciplined within myself to write when I need to. When a subject hits me, I shut off the tv or music so that I'm sitting in quiet. I consider the subject matter from different angles until I know what and how I will write. And then I dive in. For me, I find that if I write as quickly as possible, the thoughts don't leave me hanging and I won't go looking for distractions. I can get the thing written down and then have time for editing and rewrites. For those times when I need to write longer pieces, I often write those in chunks of time for the same reasons. I need to write quickly and if I suddenly lose my train of thought, I walk away from it. I go and do something else until the train comes back. I know we all write differently and under different circumstances. And that's great! We need to celebrate one another for those differences. Writing is not always easy and it takes time and ability and discipline. And over time those don't get any easier, but we sure can learn to sharpen our blades! -Claudia- images from pixabay
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• United States
24 May 16
i'm constantly surrounded by distractions :) i can be writin' 'way 'n movement'll catch my eye through one'f the many windows'n i'm off with the camera, lol. i lack discipline greatly.
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
24 May 16
and yet you write wonderfully! You capture everything around you so well! So just keep doing what you're doing!
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• United States
25 May 16
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
24 May 16
I try to write, but am a terrible fidget and I get easily distracted
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
24 May 16
wow, really? I never would have imagined that. Then again, my husband used to get distracted very easily and he wrote some pretty funny stuff! So maybe distractions work! lol
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@Ronrybs (7075)
• London, England
26 May 16
@CRK109 I usually wander off to make a cup of tea! That change of activity seems to unwind some odd threads of thought.
@Drosophila (16862)
• Ireland
24 May 16
ya I find some days I just can't write to save my life. Like I can't string a sentence together at all, thats bad, as my work is largely writing! So I just tend to give up on those days and make up in others
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
24 May 16
I've done that, too. Walk away and find something else to do. And just as I get engrossed in something else...BAM! Ideas come flooding in! all the time! lol
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@Drosophila (16862)
• Ireland
25 May 16
@CRK109 thats great! I'm envious
@Juliaacv (22100)
• Canada
24 May 16
The television or music playing has never really bothered me. I hate to be isolated when I am writing, things just seem to flow easier with a bit of background noise, glad that you are able to find a way to get your train of thought going. There are a lot of adjustments going from your home to the apartment aren't there?
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
24 May 16
Yes, a LOT of adjustments. But there are so many better things about living in a small space for me. I actually enjoy cleaning now because I"m in a space that I can keep clean for a change! Going back to the old house makes me cringe. Someone else is going to have a lot of work to do while I sit back and relax! lol
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@Juliaacv (22100)
• Canada
24 May 16
@CRK109 I would really welcome a smaller place, we both would, however, our house has not sold as of yet. One couple, who have toured it twice, drove by a little while ago. I don't know what's stopping them from buying it.......oh yeah, I do, its the pricetag!
@valmnz (12573)
• New Zealand
24 May 16
I do have a dedicated space, but I don't always use it. I have learned to shut myself off from distractions. As you say, throw yourself in and write quickly. When it comes to editing, I often take myself off to my favourite cafe, sit in a corner and get on with it. The voices blur into a hum and seem to keep me going.
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
24 May 16
I've always wanted to take off to a cafe and write but I haven't done it yet. I know exactly where I would go, too! I just need to do it.
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@valmnz (12573)
• New Zealand
25 May 16
@CRK109 I'm lucky to have just the perfect place.
@firman32 (44)
25 May 16
writing is a nice activity. it need a lot of knowledege to that.
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
25 May 16
I love writing because I can use my imagination so much! And that's always fun!
@dwstory (969)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 May 16
We are buying a two bedroom home so there will be an extra bedroom for doing what ever we want.
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
24 May 16
Having an extra room is so great! A home office is wonderful, but the sky's the limit for how you can use it!
@JudyEv (97014)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 May 16
I guess I always write at my computer and there are plenty of distractions there! You do have to be disciplined for sure.
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
24 May 16
to some extent at least. for those prolific writers like Stephen King, definitely. Can't keep that kind of money rolling in with distractions all around! lol
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@jstory07 (57084)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 May 16
That is good that you stop music or the TV and write when you think of something.
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
24 May 16
thanks! sometimes it's exactly what I have to do to keep coherent ideas coming. :)
@Jackalyn (6664)
• Oxford, England
24 May 16
I know you approach things the right way with your writing. I wish I was beyter organised. A seperate rom would be so good. Few if us have that.
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
24 May 16
That's true. I don't even have one anymore. But I'm slowly learning where my writing works better for me and how to keep ideas coming. It's a process!
@BelleStarr (31177)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 May 16
When I want to be serious about my writing I work in a quiet atmosphere. Then hubs comes in and turns on the TV, sigh he just doesn't get it!!