Disciplined or Distracted?
It's well and fine to warn your family not to disturb you when you're writing. You might even do something drastic to protect your writing time. I don't know, maybe lock your door, string barbed wire, fly to London, whatever it takes. But if you're like me, most writing distractions are internal.
What do you do after you've stared at your computer screen unproductively for an hour...half and hour...ten minutes? Do you click on Facebook or Pinterest, check your email or just surf the net hoping to find some inspiration? How many funny cat videos do you have to watch before you realize you're just distracting yourself and no good will come of it?
I know of an author so disciplined that he has a separate computer just for writing, no wasting time on the internet for him. When he sits in his writing chair, he writes. He doesn't allow himself any distractions until he has completed his word count for the day.
I'll never be that disciplined but here's a few ways that I make my distractions more productive:
1. Take a walk or take a shower to get the blood circulating back to my brain.
2. Take a nap and mull over that troublesome scene in my dreams. I love to wake to a movie rolling in my head and race to my computer to get it all down before I forget.
3. Read a book, perhaps even a book on writing. I know I've still got a lot to learn!
4. Do research on the internet to provide those convincing details for a scene.
5. Read my work to a friend and brainstorm.
6. Write down whatever crazy ideas come into my head just to get the juices flowing again. It's only a first draft.
7. Don't give up...tomorrow is another day.
BONUS: I don't recommend eating everything in the house as a distraction. Believe me, I've tried that and it's not at all productive.