While I am actively writing I try to avoid any other books. I don't read them, buy them or listen to them. I find that it sends my brain into overdrive and I start shifting plots and changing back-stories on a whim. While this may be good for other writers, I have the attention span of a gnat and I certainly don't need help getting...... LOOK a bunny!
Ok, where was I? Oh, right... my lack of focus. Maybe that's not the right term. I have focus, especially when I am in 'the moment'. The problem lies with the amount of activity and ideas that swirl in my head- similar to a twister in a filing cabinet. I have hundreds of pieces of paper, stacks of notebooks and notepads and countless scribbled post-its strewn about my home and office. Each and every one has at least one very important note or idea written on it (accompanied by a variety of cute swirly loops and puffy hearts). Uhh.... Where was I going with this? Oh, yes... writer's block.
It's not my lack of ideas that prevent me from writing it's my inability to control and manage all of the ones that constantly compete for my attention. So it's really more of idea inundation or creative congestion than an actual 'blockage'. Either way, I'm stuck. It's okay though. One thing I've learned is that, you can't force it- that's how you get hemorrhoids! (See what I did there?! It was a poop joke!)
Oh... and just because I can, I am posting a link to a completely irrelevant but fascinating article about a recent archeological discovery (another passion of mine). Click HERE to be fascinated! ;)