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When you can’t find the focus..

A friend of mine works in social services. Her job is a difficult one–one that I could never do. She works with abused children. Somewhere along the way, she learned to compartmentalize the various aspects of her work. She has a skill that enables her to turn off what she has seen and heard during her work hours to better enjoy her non-working hours. I’m sure this is not at all unfamiliar to the skills doctors, firefighters and paramedics use. These people seem to have some type of OFF button as well as a FOCUS button that they use interchangeably.

With writers, one would hope it would be the same. The ability to turn a fictional world on and off by simply telling your brain to do so. The ability to push life’s other issues aside in order to focus solely on the task at hand and write productively.  Perhaps many writers do have this skill. I know many writers however, who don’t.

When there are a million other random everyday thoughts swirling in your head, it can be very difficult to focus on the writing work that needs to be done. To put your butt in the chair and your fingers on the keys. I’ve tried. Which got me thinking. What distinguishes these types of people? And further more, the different types of writers. What is the distinction between plotters and pantsters. Planners versus non- planners. And why? The differences may be in our brains. Specifically, whether you are a left or right brain thinker. I did some digging and voila. I found a few articles that may unlock the questions and help us on the way to finding some balance.

Laura Connell has an interesting article at Matthew Stibbe’s Blog: Left Brain Vs. Right Brain for Writers

And Matthew Stibbe has an excellent article on staying focused: Concentration: 22 ways to stay focused on writing

If we can harness what is driving us in a certain direction, putting the butt in the chair and the fingers on the keys, will be a much simpler task to accomplish. It’s certainly worth a shot.

10 responses

  1. Thanks for the link up on how to concentrate on the writing. Will definitely be reading that, as I’m trying to gear my mind towards writing, hence I have been posting more and reading more.

    Luckily, I have found that I have a “balanced” brain, with both left and right sided tendancies. I’m an engineer by day, however, I love music, writing and everything creative. So hopefully I will be able to harness this balance and focus!

    May 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

  2. Good luck harnessing and lucky you to have both sides to even the process out. I’m so right sided it’s ridiculous. Balance is hard to find for me. The articles are interesting.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

  3. So you’re not a numbers and calculation person at all?

    May 17, 2011 at 9:02 am

  4. Not one bit. Infact, I hate it.

    May 17, 2011 at 9:40 am

  5. Bummer, it really helps to balance things out. Even understanding some simple number patterns can help show another side to things around you.

    May 18, 2011 at 3:44 am

  6. Hmm…simple number patterns. That’s a good one. Does Sudoku count? Hahaha.

    May 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

  7. C’mon it’s not that bad! Here’s some thoughts I’ve had on the topic of self-motivation:

    May 21, 2011 at 2:40 am

    • It’s that bad. Self-motivation post is great.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm


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