Distractions Part 2

I have talked before about distractions. I listed the different types of them that I face on a day to day basis. Today I am going to talk to you all about writing times, protecting the writing times and routine in regards to distractions.

I write best when I develop a routine with my writing. I push all of the distractions aside and set the time aside and I write. With having kids, I usually write after they go to bed. That means that I have a lot of late nights.

I also make sure that my wife knows that I am writing and what my word goal for that day is. She knows that if I get my goal done, then I may have time to do other things. I write best when I write at the same time each day.

What does that mean for you? What type of distractions do you have to deal with each day? Write them down in a list if it’ll help you. The develop strategies to get the word count done. If the internet is distracting, but you like to listen to random music when you write, then go down to your local music store and buy some CD’s. Do you remember what a CD looks like? If not, google it. It’ll blow your mind. While you are at it, google 8-track, record player, Beta Tapes and the VHS. Just saying.

I have heard of some writers that have to take there laptop out of the house cause there family is too distracting. They act like it is a real job (cause it is you fools) and they go to an ‘office’. If you are like me and can’t afford to rent out a brick and mortar office to go to, then there are other options. I do like to go to coffee shops occasionally, but the cost of the coffee is sometimes prohibitive. There is other options as well.

The author that I mentioned before went to a friends house where he ‘rented’ out a small room and wrote there. He found that he could write without distractions there and get his word count down.

What you need to do to get the words done will be differently than me. I find that it is different from project to project. What works for one project, is different for a different one. I find that having a set goal, like NaNoWriMo works really well for me.

As of this writing, I am trying to get back into working on my Felix books. It is hard for me to do and I don’t really know why. I am trying a website called write track. http://writetrack.davidsgale.com/ It is a small website that I don’t think is supported by anyone anymore. But it gives me the ability to calculate my word count daily like the NaNoWriMo tracker. This one gives you more details in the program. It is working, but I gave myself too long to do my project. But that’s okay. It is Christmas after all.

That’s all that I wanted to talk about today.

Until next time.


Different Stories

So I know that I said that I would only be posting blog posts every few days or something, so this one is a freebee. (Not like you have to pay for this.)

I am going to tell you about some of the different story ideas that I have. But before I do, I have to say one thing.

Am I afraid of someone ‘stealing’ my ideas. In a one word answer.


Ideas are just that. Ideas. You can tell a group of a hundred writers to write a story using a single idea and the hundred different writers will each come up with a different and unique story.

I will start with the Trunk novels that I have actually not destroyed due to there great suckage.

Dark Ages 2.0. It is the story of what would happen if all of a sudden that a solar storm knocks out power to the entire globe. Bam. No power. Think about all of the stuff that you would loose. Look it up. It is scary.

Felix the Swift. Thief extraordinaire is a thorn in the side of the local nobility. What happens when he is brought low due to his crimes. Forced to work in a dark, damp mine. Will he earn his freedom? Will he find revenge to the wrongs that were done to him? Will he ever see daylight again?

The Long Journey Home. Darren is visiting his father in Tokyo Japan. At age sixteen, he is looking to move to live with his father. During a visit over spring break, Yellowstone Volcano blows it top setting off a chain of earthquakes and tsunami’s. How will he survive living in one of the most densely populated areas on the planet with out rule of law of even the basic of services left intact?

Those kinda turned into book blurbs, didn’t they?

I will be posting more about ideas, how to get them, how to nurture them in the coming days and weeks.