Writing Advice

The Writer’s greatest enemy


You’ve probably heard this before: focusing is the greatest tool a writer can employ while they ply their trade. Unfortunately many of us are bogged down in slow or no-writing mode due to our greatest enemy. Yep, you know what I’m talking about.


It can reduce a potentially productive day into a slogfest, or worse, strand you in zero-output zone. Many writers have employed precautionary measures to eliminate distractions around them. But do they really work?

Removing distractions are good, but relapse could rear its ugly head(s). Working against your most precious commodity, time. Let me give you an example. Say you like browsing the internet and this always cuts into your writing time. The normal thing to do would be to turn off your Wi-Fi or whatever powers your internet. Sounds simple…right? But listen to this, you’d better of training yourself to ignore distractions instead of removing them. By removing them you acknowledge that they have POWER over you, which is akin to addiction. Knock that bad habit out of your stratosphere by learning to live with the distractions around you and instead CHOOSING to ignore them despite their presence.

You don’t pack away unwanted thoughts that pop into your head do you? I mean you could, but learning to live with these difficult thoughts by ignoring them makes you mentally stronger. The same applies to distractions.

As always, I wish you the best in your creative endeavors.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and novellas. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing, or just plain nonsense. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will be grateful and dance on his hands if you do.

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