Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Where's Your Head At?

Please excuse the preposition at the end of the title. I'm from the midwest--we do that around here.

And yes, it's also a song. I've linked to the video at the bottom of this post. Turn it up and start chair dancing!

My head isn't in the game this week. I'm incredibly distracted by things going on in the real world and they are preventing me from focusing on my story worlds. I have a friendship in trouble, a budding relationship that feels like it's about to fade out, an ex who wants to be back in the picture, a diet that is just not working, and oh yeah...


Sound the alarm... (side note: Say what you will about Nikki Minaj. I'm a BIG fan of her new single...)

I have too many "real" things to sort out that I can't seem to muster the energy to look at my story stuff. In an effort to not totally fall off the writerly wagon, I've been writing out my interview notes by hand and I'm reading a new book that is somewhat in the same vein as my proposed NaNo story. So my creative side is still churning, just a bit slower these days.

I know some people who can literally "turn off" their brain and just write. They can push aside any stressors and focus on their creative pursuits. I'm not one of them. I try to run or do a strenuous workout when my mental hamster is really running in her wheel (ahem, like yesterday), but I can't bang out 3 miles every day.

How about you? Do you need to have everything 'just so' in your world before you can sit down and start creating?

As promised, your video, compliments of YouTube:


  1. I'm a guy - we can shut out anything when we need to.
    Sorry about all the stress! Just focus on what you need to right now.

  2. Alex's answer is pretty hard to top. :)

    I'm like you. It gets really hard sometimes. I have to make an effort to get in "the zone" in the midst of all that stress. Hang in there!

  3. I know exactly what you mean. Focus on what matters and don't feel bad about letting writing slide. We all do it.

  4. Some days, you just can't do it. Everyone has those days. Good luck! I have to do the take a run thing to, and it helps!

  5. In our relationship, my husband is the one who struggles to shut stuff out so he can focus on his creativity. I can happily tuck it into a corner of my brain and forget about it most of the time.

    Good luck with the interview! Here's hoping you like them and it all goes easy-peasy. :)

  6. I'm really good (or bad) at compartmentalizing so it's a bit easier for me to shut all that crap away in a mental box and get some work done. Granted, I might need to give myself an hour or two to freak out first. One of things that completely derails me is if I"m sick. The last thing I want to do is write. Good luck with your interview!

  7. ooh it's definitely a midwest thing.
    I am so totally crossing my fingers for you in your interview today!! And there's no problem with setting the writing aside for a week or two while the real world settles down a bit

  8. Nope, I've hardly written anything this week, because I just can't settle down and focus. Got some stuff going on in my life that's distracting me too.

    Hope the MAJOR INTERVIEW was a win!!


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