I’m a writer, therefore I can think of all sorts of things to do other than writing, w.
Other writers laugh at this. We all know how we are. Stephen Pressfield calls it “Resistance”. Eric Maisel calls it “creative anxiety”.
I call it “resting my eyes from the computer monitor”.
This is a quilt top being made from nothing but scraps. Last year I pieced together lots and lots of scraps and cut lots and lots of 1.5″ strips out of odds and ends of fabric. When quilting fabric costs $11.00 a yard, you don’t want to waste it. This quilt-in-progress was six feet from my computer. There were days it was distracting, and other times it was a welcome diversion from coming up with plot twists and clever dialogue.
I think it looks like the inside of my brain.
Years ago I made a design wall out of a folding screen bought at a yard sale. I also use it to block off messes, because cleaning up messes is also a great thing to do when I should be writing. I also use it to block off the tempting vision of the sewing machine and the guitars and the fiddle and...well, you understand.
I also paint my nails, scrub the kitchen counter and buy large quantities of plastic bins in order to store the things I have promised myself I will organize once the book is done.
And then I go back to work, the house a little cleaner and the quilt just a few more strips closer to being finished.
Diversions, anyone? Will you share yours and make me feel better?