For me and for any writer, I would imagine, there are periods and time when it’s not conducive for writing.
I know of some authors who have claimed that times of high stress prompt their best writing. That’s never been the case for me. I always need everything to be just right. I need the right music to be playing to fit the mood of the story. I need there to be very little else going on in my life. I need for my beverage of choice to fit whatever I’m writing.
In other words, I’m a pampered dandy when it comes to my writing. I need everything just so or nothing happens. The myriad tensions that can act on me (job, headaches, housework, squabbles with the bird) are a detriment to getting anything done.
Which is not the best way to go about things. I need to be able to write at all times, not just when the situation suits me. I believe it’s possible to train myself to be a better, more timely writer, but it requires, as always, work.
When I operate under someone else’s schedule with someone else’s work, then I can be a fiend of productivity. When it’s my own goddamn stuff, then I’ll be mired in countless, pointless distractions.
For instance, in writing this entry, I took a phone call, checked all three of my emails, checked face book five or six times, signed up for a productivity program and turned on Jay-Z. I have the attention span of a cracked out hummingbird.
And it all comes down to training and discipline and learning how to stay on task.
Maybe today will help prove that I have the strength to write ten entries in spite of the five hundred distractions I have coming for me.