Hi Folks,

Distractions happen. They do. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about them.

But if you’re a mechanic and you get a phone call (distraction) and your spouse or significant other shows up unannounced for lunch (distraction) or a chunk of spy satellite falls out of the sky and flattens the dry cleaner across the street (distraction), you look, you take care of it, and you go back to work on the engine or the transmission or whatever.

Or you can use the distraction as an excuse to take a day off. Doesn’t matter to me. I’m not making a judgement here. But I’m just sayin’, it’s your choice, not something that’s forced on you.

If you’re a writer, same thing.

Distractions will happen. You can either say “Oh darn. Guess I won’t be able to write today. Maybe I’ll start tomorrow.” Or you can take a look or a listen, deal with the distractions, then go back to work on the story or novel or whatever.

Today I had distractions. It’s end game on the novel (see yesterday’s post). I’m all geared up to use whatever excuses happen to offer themselves to me. I didn’t think I’d put a thousand words on the page today (like the past few days). Yet I surpassed my goal.


Distractions happened.

I gave them the attention they deserved.

Then I went back to work.

I hope that works for you too.

Happy writing,


6 thoughts on “Distractions”

    • Absolutely. T-shirt: I’m a professional novelist. Mess with me and you’ll end up in my next book. 🙂

  1. Harvey, you make me grin at my own computer and not because it is amusing.
    You have the most fascinating distractions to deal with.
    Your photographs make a statement every morning that you shoot. Always something more beautiful.
    Just to say, the life that you share with us is always valuable. We have either seen it, done it, or wish we could.
    Mysterious ways, mysterious ways.

  2. “I’m a professional novelist. Mess with me and you’ll end up in my next book.”

    I’d imagine you can sell quite a few t-shirts with that quote or a variant of it.

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