Distracted Writing

Distracted Writing by R.S. Mollison-Read

Becoming distracted while writing can be one of the biggest hindrances to productivity. And yet, sometimes distractions can be a welcome boost. For the most part, I try to clear away the distracting elements in my life when I sit down to write. But I’ve found lately, that on certain occasions, distracted writing can be inspirational:

Recently in Calgary, it’s been unseasonably warm – around 28 degrees Celsius (low 80’s for my American friends). The garden is beginning to bloom, all the birds and squirrels and bees are bustling busily around the garden, and it feels like a wonderful oasis outside.

Garden writing by R.S. Mollison-Read

It seems a shame to sit inside and write when there’s such beauty outside, so I’ve taken my old-fashioned pen and paper outside, though with little expectation of getting any solid writing in.

To my great surprise, though I was indeed distracted by the cacophony of bird song, lawnmowers, and the occasional dog bark, the distractions proved extremely fruitful for my writing. Not only did I think of several new blog post ideas in quick succession, I felt inspired to write several new scenes for my next Elden Forest novel.

I don’t know that I would be able to write productively like this every day, but it seemed that the chance of scenery from my regular writing routine was just enough to help my writing take off.

Do you ever find that distractions can sometimes prove helpful in your writing? Tell me in the comments below!

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