I remember reading an article last year by George R.R. Martin and his writing routine. At the time I marveled at his needing to be at home, in his own space, to get any substantial writing done. Fast forward to the present and I have not written any new fiction since November. I have edited thousands of words and released a few books in the meantime, but I have been unable to focus on new fiction projects.
I think about what George R.R. Martin said and well I have to agree with him now. In previous years, I have always had a quiet, serene environment for writing. There were occasional distractions, but for the most part, my writing spots have been close to nature and free of excessive noise. “Excessive” is the key word.
I don’t feel balanced when I hear music pulsating through walls; whether a radio, drums, or in my current living environment, a piano and screaming children. If I hear any of these noises at the beginning of my writing time, I’m done.
I have tried experimenting with different rooms, head phones, varying times of day; but it doesn’t work. The moment I get any side noise kills any and all inspiration.
This morning I wanted to work on The Great Loon. I have some new ideas on how Keira and Luza are going to grow over the next few books. Right when I was about to sit down (730am), cue the kids yelling and then piano playing. The piano stopped a few minutes later, crying began, and I'm sure a soccer ball bouncing off the apartment wall is soon to follow.
What is difficult to understand is that even if these distractions are a few minutes, a half hour, or longer; the results are the same. I am unable to re-center. I’m sure some writers can carry on, but my creative juices are fickle. They need good timing, momentum, distraction free time to stay focused. I prefer either writing in the early morning or in the evening, but the universe seems to have other plans at present.
I’m working on a remedy because I would like to plow through books 3 – 7 and then focus on some adult fiction projects. I'll let you know if I come up with anything.
On a positive note, the sun is out and the sky is blue. I also saw a full moon this morning while running.