Top 5 Distractions for Writers

Brainstorming the infinite possibilities of a writer’s creativity is fun to talk about, but talking about writing doesn’t put words on the page.

Once the writing process starts, consistency becomes a constant struggle.

These days, technology soaks up most of our time. If our cellphones aren’t in our hands, we’re likely invested into television or a computer screen. Regardless of what it is, technology can be a distraction when we’re trying to get our writing done. But technology isn’t the only detractor that affects our writing.

Consider these factors listed below as known distractors to writers.

1. Internet

The World Wide Web is an essential to research, social marketing, and entertainment. Because of the infinite possibilities, most of us find ourselves shopping or reacting to cute puppy videos.

As fun as creativity is, writing is forced to compete with the ever tempting after thought that just won’t go away until we take a small peek, which can last for hours.

2. Gaming

Those of us who grew up in the era of games understand how captivating video games can be. They are just as fun as any book, comic, or film. Actually, most of these games are derived from these items.

Video games take up as much time as the internet. In combination with story and graphics, games present challenges that frustrate and reward players for long hours of play time. This means more inspiring time but less writing.

There has to be limit. Writers can be both creator and gamer, however, time must be managed effectively to get writing done.

3. Career / Work

The rule of thumb for all writers, fiction and nonfiction, is to never quit a day job.

The reality of a writer is like the reality of a singer. Many are talented, few get through the passage to noteriety. Therefore, it’s important for writers to have a career to ensure they earn a living.

Sometimes, the job chokes our inspiration. Sometimes, writers trade a few hundred words for sleep.

4. Writing at Home

Like any other technological distraction, the humble of bode is just as distracting. We are most comfortable at home, and many of us find something around the house to mess with instead of writing.

Parents face the toughest challenge. Toddlers and pre-teens are awesome but can be more than an arm full. Considering children as a distraction is insensitive, however, it’s going to be a long day to get 200 hundred words on the page when the kids get curious.

5. Writer’s Block

Staring at a blank page is a symptom of writer’s block. It’s the undeniable condition that illustrates how the brain has worn itself out. The words don’t flow as good when they’re forced out, and the classic continuous backspacing leaves the writer just as empty as the blank page.

Writer’s block lock writers into a brainstorm and floods them with deluge of anxiety.

But there is a silver lining at edge of it. Writers should continue writing even if it sounds like they’re sloshing through muddy ideas. Write them down and save them until they’re dry enough to sculpt.

Dealing with Distractions

There’s no avoiding distractions. They will appear and loom over the writer’s shoulder. How writer’s deal with distractions is the true test.

Despite challenges, work load, and anxiety, writers should write on. Conditions are part of the journey that mold writers into excellent story tellers.

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Why I don’t post flash fiction to blogs?

Recently, I came to the conclusion that I will release a collection of flash fiction through Amazon.

But why Amazon? Why not post them here on your blog like the others?

I like the idea of giving away my stories for free, but sharing a blog post through social media is like rolling a Sweettart on a highway. It’s a hit or miss for online traffic. I haven’t given up. That Sweettart that’s rolling among the speedy vessels will gain some traction.

Entities like Amazon, however, is concentrated. Readers search for books that is worth time and money.

Letter to the Graduates

Dear Graduates,

You’re entering a new era of your life. The change you’ll face may be scary. It may be exciting. Whatever it may be, embrace it.

To the high school graduates, this will be your final year in grade school. Continuing your education is vital to career. Whether it’s a two-year degree or four-year degree, you’ll need something to complement the skills you’ll amass over the years.

Weigh your options. A college education is an investment. Be strategic as you pursue your collegiate endeavors. If a four-year school is too expensive, attend a technical/community college. Stay up to date with four-year university course catalogs. These course catalogs display equivalents to courses at two-year schools.

If you don’t know what you want to major in, use the two years of core curriculum as a way to search what you want to do after

Upcoming Flash Fiction Collection…Should it be free?

Upcoming Flash Fiction Collection…Should it be free?

After much consideration, I’ve decided to give readers an appetizer of fiction through eBook hosting services such as Amazon and iBooks.

I’ve been sitting on 10,000 plus words of flash fiction the last few years. I posted them to Fiction Press before, but I was too indecisive on whether they should be on the site.

Update: I have decided to sit on this project. I want to focus on writing and editing more projects.

Writing for Professionals

Creativity is never a problem for the fiction writer. Earning a sustainable wage solely as a writer is a dream for fiction and nonfiction authors. That dream, however, takes time to establish. Therefore, it’s important to keep a job, part-time or full-time, while one pursues such an ambition.

In the past few years, I’ve targeted professional writing and editing opportunities through job boards like Indeed and Upwork (previously Elance).

Writing for clients, though not unfamiliar, is a different world. The principles of writing and editing remain consistent, but each industry has its own writing style, subtlties one might not notice if he or she is not familiar with a particular field of study or industry.

Freelance writers and editors outside those particular industries have to learn them as they acquire clients.

Like any business, there is a slow season. At the moment, I’m in a stand still. I apply. I wait. I try again. What can I expect? The market is full of professionals, and I can’t blame clients for choosing a freelancer who works more frequently than most.

Instead, I’ve been trying to create professional writing content such as technical guides and white papers to attract clients and illustrate my versatile writing skills.

It’s a great idea, but I keep hitting the wall of writer’s block. I miss the days of having a prompt to work with.

Long overdue: Where I’ve been lately

“I am my own worst critic.”

As much as we hate reading this overused phrase, it’s true among most.

Okay. I have to be completely honest. If I didn’t game so much, I’d have enough time to blog. No excuses this time. I admit that I play PS4 more than I should.

However, I do make time for writing. Managing my own projects have not stopped, which brings me to good news. I have completed a flash fiction collection. I created a book cover using a royalty-free photo, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. Using InDesign, I converted an .indd file into an .epub and .pdf. Technically, the book is ready to go for mobile devices, but I decided to make a book for print as well. Its still not finished. It’ll take me a week or two to decide what the back cover design should look like.

I edited those stories over and over until I saw no errors. It still needs a reader to critique it though.