So I realize my monthly top ten list is never one of my most popular posts, but I enjoy doing them and will continue to do so. As much as I enjoy learning from my fellow bloggers, I enjoy learning about them also. And I think it's important for my readers to know a tad about me, too. This way, you can call me a geek or nerd with complete confidence; no need to simply assume. :)
This month's top ten list reveals my most frequent writing distractions. I enrolled myself in a personal "Writing Boot Camp" beginning New Years Day. And even though I have stuck to my schedule, my productivity is still something to be desired.
My Top Ten Worst Writing Distractions
1. My Blog. It's official; I'm addicted. I love this thing. I'm a fan of engaging in conversations and hearing from others. And I love the people I'm meeting. Seriously; you all rock! I'd say I prefer your company to people I know in real life, but then I might offend the people I know in real life, right? Hmmm. I started this blog in May - Mother's Day to be exact. When I woke up, it wasn't on my list of things to do - just sort of happened. It was a slow start, but now I'm moving in the right direction. I appreciate the support, encouragement, and friendship beyond words (are writers allowed to say "beyond words?"). Well, in all sincerity, I have met some of the nicest people, and I genuinely look forward to our correspondence. Thank you for joining me on my journey. I currently have a friend designing a new layout. I'm planning a sweet contest for the new launch, as well as thinking up something for my 100 Followers Giveaway. So, start looking forward to chances to win cool prizes. Also, I'm planning to begin special #WW and #FF shout-outs on my blog. At the conclusion of each post, I'll acknowledge and link a fellow writer (Wednesdays) or recommend a blog to follow (Fridays). I like supporting my friends, and I like being a nice guy.
2. Twitter. I avoided that site like the plague; I wanted nothing to do with it. I finally joined, decided I didn't like it, and canceled my account. I repeated this process three times. Finally, in the middle of August, I sucked it up, and now, like my blog, I love it. It feels good to be connected to other writers. Honestly, it's so much better than a writing group that meets the same night every week - in the same place with the same people. Twitter allows constant communication with all sorts of people, and I have to say, the writing community is phenomenal. It was never my expectation to be welcomed and supported. Again, I appreciate the companionship.
3. Facebook. Until a few months ago, this would have been first on the list. I guess it's good to be moving in a different direction, but I do enjoy the site. Having moved a few times and worked at a number of jobs, it's nice to have such an easy way of keeping in touch with people.
4. The Bloody "Day Job." I can't complain much. I work part-time a few days each week. Some have it much worse (though better paychecks, I'm sure.) I just hate having to stop what I'm working on to get there. And I hate my annoying commute, but that is another story.
5. Words With Friends. It's a fun little game, isn't it? It has benefits: I learn new words, it keeps my brain active, and it makes me pay attention to spelling. Not to mention, there are very few people who can beat me. That's always fun. What's that? You think you can? Go ahead; look me up and give it a shot. My username is PAUL14210. Should you succeed, I'll announce it in a blog post.
6. The Gym. I have this thing with working out. I exercise Monday - Friday with no exceptions. It's a good thing; it clears my head, and some of my best ideas come in the middle of cardiovascular exercise. Unfortunately, I have days where it's harder to fit in. I don't like feeling guilty skipping it, and I don't like feeling guilty for going either.
7. E-mail. As my writing connections grow, I'm starting to have real conversations with writers around the glove. They fascinate me. I'm thrilled that people would value my opinion - that I'm someone others would converse with. Again, I'm learning so much, and is learning not one of the most valuable things in life?
8. Eating. I love food. So, when I actually forget to eat, you know something is off. But seriously, it gets in the way of my writing. I'm told I have to eat to survive, so I do. Though sometimes it really puts a cramp in my agenda. Thank God for take-out.
9. Reading. I hardly read these days, but when I do, I'm sucked in. I'll spend with a book and feel like ten minutes have passed. Reading is notorious for letting time slip away.
10. Sleeping. Notice this is last on the list. That's because I rarely sleep. When I try, it doesn't work because I'm thinking about my manuscript, worrying about my characters, or writing my next blog post in my head. Of course we have to sleep, so at some point, I'll pass out. Don't get me wrong - I love love LOVE sleeping. But sometimes, as I watch my "To Do" list expand and my progress dwindle, it seems like a real waste of time.
So, how about you friends and readers? What is your worst writing distraction?