It’s Autumn in the United States. For me in Virginia that means cooler days and crisp nights. It means the air is fresher and filled with the scents of falling leaves and corn being turned into silage. It also means my husband has been preparing the wood we’ll be burning to keep our log cabin snug and warm all winter long. (Most of you know how I rave about Lumberjack Hugh. Lumberjack hubby? Yum!;>)
Oh, how I look forward to sipping coffee with him by the fire again!
Unlike the numerous tech gadgets I find myself addicted to… Ipod, cell phone, Dell notebook, digital camera…I have to unplug in order to recharge.
It’s true. As much as I love Facebook and Twitter, it’s necessary for me to cut myself off from them at times if I want to plug into what I love best: writing.
In a world taken over by portable distractions, it’s very easy to spend all our time refreshing social networking sites rather than giving ourselves permission to tune out and unplug—for an afternoon or longer—in order to get lost in our own imagination.
Since when is a link to a hot picture of Nathan Fillion kissing an Emmy more important than taking your heroine or hero to the next level?
Since when is another cute kitty picture with a funny new caption more important than getting to The End?
Those aren’t bad things in and of themselves. There’s a good argument to be made that *any* pic of Nathan is vital for inspiration!;) And, heck, who doesn’t like kittens? But it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
When you finally turn to your manuscript to get in your word count for the day, what do you have cluttering your brain?
All in good fun, but not necessarily fruitful.
Go ahead…try it… UNPLUG.
Take a walk, soak in a bubble bath, sit by a crackling fire…and while you’re at it immerse yourself in your story, your characters, your what-comes-next. You might be amazed to find that you aren’t stuck in the middle of a tricky passage or confounded by a plot problem. You were simply too distracted to hear your muse!