Friday, April 22, 2011

You know it's a dilly-dally day when........

You know it's a dilly-dally sort of day when you have planned to spend the whole day writing but somehow you just can't get to it.  There are a thousand and one other things to do and so you dilly-dally around.
Clearly the best way to retain focus and to get words onto paper/screen is to avoid distractions but first you have to recognise your distractions, which can be easier said than done.

And so I've put together a list of the Ten Top Signs of Dilly-Dallying:

  1. Cleaning the house.  You simply cannot concentrate on writing if the house is a tip.
  2. Calling your Auntie Betty.  She had an operation six months ago and you always meant to call but never got round to it, so it's vitally important that you call her now.
  3. Plucking your eyebrows.  This Denis Healey look is irritating and impeding your ability to focus on the computer.
  4. Emptying the lint catcher in the tumble dryer.
  5. Shopping.  Out of coffee so need to pop to the shops to buy more - can't write without a coffee on the go.
  6. Paying the bills - well you don't want the bailiffs in!
  7. Flossing your teeth - don't want to get gingivitis.
  8. Checking emails, Facebook and Twitter - what is going on out there.  This writing is a lonely affair and connecting to other like-minded people is important for inspiration.
  9. Surfing.  While on the Internet just do a bit more research for the piece you're writing.  You've got about twenty pages of notes already (for a 300 word piece) but you can never have enough detail.
  10. Daydreaming - about the day you make it big.  Agent, publisher, film rights, website, personal shopper, cleaner and beautician will all take away the obstacles above so you can concentrate on writing!
NB  I would like to add that all of the above is fictitious and not based on anyone either living or dead!

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