As writers, we are a dichotomy. On the one hand we need peace and quiet to concentrate and get in the zone. On the other hand, we need interaction and inspiration to create what we do.
It really is a double edged sword for most of us.
Now that much of that interaction is on the internet and social media,
it is just that much more difficult. It is so easy to just goof off and
avoid writing that many of us fall into that trap.
I certainly do
fall into that trap, for a lot of the time when I should stop surfing
and start writing. I have been trying to come up with a happy medium
there for myself and I think I have got it. In many ways, my creativity
will further my creativity.
I have thought that maybe taking a long
trip away, for a month or two, to an isolated cabin might be the answer
for me. But that is just not practical given my life circumstances.
But, what I can do is create those circumstances within my own house and
life. I can create a room that detaches completely from every daily
reality I deal with. I can tell myself I am removed from all of life,
like I would be at the cabin. As soon as I get up, I can step into that
zone and not leave it until I have achieved what I want to achieve.
I am going to try it, and hope this is the final piece of the puzzle that gets me over the top.
of that will be connecting up a computer that has no internet access,
games or apps. There will be no chance to be tempted by the outside
distractions, while still having access to modern technology that is
necessary to do the work.
It will be strange to be disconnected from the world at large for 9 or
10 hours straight, but I feel it is something I have to do and I will
update at some point, in the form of a journal, on how it went and how
it felt to be disconnected from the world and connected deeply to