For many people, writing feels like a calling. There is a physical requirement to get our ideas out of our heads, and down onto paper (or typed on the computer!) But there are even more benefits to writing, than just fulfilling the desire to write. In a world of distraction, and attention-grabbing algorithms – here are three benefits of writing a novel in our distracted world:
This is an interesting point because while I’m in the process of writing, my mind is anywhere but in the present. Usually, my thoughts are with my characters – living their lives, experiencing their adventures (or troubles). Still, there is something very grounded in the present about writing. I find the same thing when I am playing the piano, or singing. Although my mind is obviously active on the task at hand, I am not planning the chores I need to do tomorrow, or rehashing a conversation I had yesterday that I wish had gone differently. This type of work is often referred to as Flow, and it a wonderful place to be. It makes you feel as though everything is happening the way it should be, it’s an excellent way to get a lot of creative work done efficiently, and when you come out of that flow state, you feel great – I find it almost meditative.
A novel is not something that can be written in one sitting. It just can’t. Which means, that dedicated novelists need to come back to their writing space over and over and over again. This focus and attention, returning to the task time and time again, is the best defence against distraction. Especially since for most writers, it requires self-discipline – no one is requiring you to show up and write – we are beholden only to ourselves. At the end of the day, it is also a really great feeling to finish something that you’ve spent a long time, and a lot of both emotional and physical energy working on. It’s the kind of feeling that makes you want to do it all over again.
#3. A Body of Work:
When you’ve finished writing your novel, the work may be behind you (though there’s likely still some marketing work in your future), but you still have something to show for all that time and effort. One of the most rewarding aspects of writing a novel, is the creation of something that will last longer than you, and be seen and (hopefully) appreciated, by many more people than you! Your novel can be loved and cherished by a reader who will spend countless hours absorbed in the story you’ve told. After all, aren’t most writers first voracious readers themselves?
What are other benefits of writing a novel in our world of distraction? Tell me in the comments below!
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