Cut Off From The World

How do you separate yourself feel the world when you need to write?

What I mean is, the world is exceptionally busy at the moment. How do you get away from the news and the noise and everyone else to concentrate on your story?

Lots of professionals writers have writing sheds. Joanne Harris on Twitter this week suggested locking yourself in a shed or room, that is only used for writing , away from all distractions.

But what if, like me, you have a tiny flat and not even a tiny room to be used solely for writing?

Well, Jo March in Little Women has a writing hat – when she is writing, she puts it on as a reminder to everyone else, including herself, that she is working and not to be disturbed.

I’ve tried these, but I am easily distracted. I switch off the TV, put the phone in another room and yet still find myself reaching out for them.

What I’ve done is set aside time – this hour is for writing. I can watch TV or play with my phone in one hour, but not before. My writing space is this period of time, and all I have to do is concentrate for an hour.

Of course, if it goes well, it often lasts longer, but that marking that hour off from the world gets me started.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

Sent from my iPad


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