The Write Way

@Genipher (5229)
United States
October 30, 2017 9:38pm CST
Tonight I remembered something that I used to know, but I had forgotten: Writing makes me crabby. After a year away from one particular writing site, I came back and started writing stories again. However, it never fails that when I start writing, one of my kids needs something and I lose my train of thought. In the middle of writing a sentence, my son asks if he can watch one of the shows he downloaded. On my phone. I say no, ignore his whining, and glance back down at my story...only to have one of my daughters tell me that she's cold. I pull out a sweater for her and sit back down only to have the baby start crying for attention. At this point I'm about ready to pull out my hair and I have a hard time not yelling at everyone to just shut up and leave me alone! (Yes folks, even supermoms sometimes lose it with their kids!) It doesn't help that I don't have a real computer to type on right now. Hunting and pecking on a teeny little smartphone is extremely aggravating in and of itself! Not to mention time consuming... And so, seeing that crazy look in my eye, hubby graciously takes the children out to dinner and leaves me to my writing. I sit down in front of my miniature screen, sigh in bliss over the quiet...and immediately come down with a case of writer's block! So how is it with you? Do you need complete silence to be able to write?
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@paigea (21249)
• Canada
31 Oct
I am sure I would need silence if I tried to write. I would use paper and pencil I think instead of writing on my phone
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
31 Oct
For some reason my thoughts don't come out right when using paper and pens. Weird, eh?
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@paigea (21249)
• Canada
31 Oct
@Genipher You gave to use what works for you. I prefer writing on a computer. So much more legible, faster and easier to rearrange things. But the phone. I would not enjoy writing. I am using it now and it is slow
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• India
31 Oct
@Genipher I am accustomed to writing on my phone now. I used to do it on paper earlier, and it worked fine. Then I started writing on my phone and discovered that auto-correct isn't really that bad.
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@RodrickH (1121)
• China
31 Oct
Yes,silence is important for writing,when I was a student I usually read in bus because it's the only time I can read I should dedicate other time to study,but noises in bus distract me
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
31 Oct
I can tune people and noises out while reading but writing with noise is much harder.
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@RodrickH (1121)
• China
31 Oct
@Genipher Yes,writing needs concentration
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@LadyDuck (122436)
• Switzerland
31 Oct
I would never use a phone to write, I prefer to get a piece of paper and a pen if I do not have a computer to use.
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
1 Nov
In this case I'm posting my stories on a website, so it has to be typed.
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@LadyDuck (122436)
• Switzerland
1 Nov
@Genipher I see, hard to post something online using a phone.
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
1 Nov
@LadyDuck Definitely! This is another reason I can't wait to get into a real house...we'll have room for our computer again.
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@kobesbuddy (19664)
• East Tawas, Michigan
31 Oct
Yes, I need a quiet, peaceful environment to do anything at all. Writing takes concentration, because I can't do two things at one time. Even small noises, are a distraction for me.
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
31 Oct
I can, on occasion, tune out the noise. But not when I've got several people asking me questions.
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@kobesbuddy (19664)
• East Tawas, Michigan
31 Oct
@Genipher I don't have kids around any more, so that isn't something I'm dealing with.
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
1 Nov
@kobesbuddy I'm sure I'll miss the noise when they're all grown and gone.
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@YrNemo (8744)
31 Oct
your writing reminds me of my reading with the kids many years ago. I would read one line, and that same line would be re-read several thousand times because the kids took turn wanting this or that. In the end, I just threw the book aside...
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
1 Nov
Exactly!
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@YrNemo (8744)
2 Nov
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@sishy7 (27380)
• Australia
31 Oct
Hurry up and remove the block before they're back from dinner... And he's one super dad taking seven children out on his own, even the baby too?
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
31 Oct
No, the baby stayed behind. She was asleep. Is he still super for taking out 6?
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@sishy7 (27380)
• Australia
1 Nov
@Genipher Oh yes, he is... super dad superman!
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31 Oct
I guess it depends what kind of writing i'm doing. if I'm just writing about life i can do it with distractions, but if I'm doing creative or technical writing i need to be distraction free.
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
1 Nov
I'm the same. Creative writing requires more thought and thus, less noise.
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@m_audrey6788 (11509)
• Germany
31 Oct
Not really a quiet place but atleast no loud noises around
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
1 Nov
No kids with unending questions on your end?
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• Germany
2 Nov
@Genipher My place is near a kinder garden school and most of the time they have an outdoor activities but those noises are fine by me and if ever I have a kid here, I`m sure a kid will not cry the wholeday right? not unless you just let the kid suffer and not see what a kid might be needing
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
2 Nov
@m_audrey6788 Right. And if they nap or want to watch a movie, you can snag a few minutes to yourself.
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• United States
1 Nov
It's hard for me to concentrate on writing with my son around. Love him, but it really is hard to write with all the noise lol.
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@Genipher (5229)
• United States
1 Nov
Same here. I love all my kids but sometimes I need a minute (or sixty!) Of silence.
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