When I do my job, I tend to be watching a show or listening to something on YouTube or my computer. My mind tends to work like a gear, every time a groove locks into place it needs to step back from writing. That is when I will do my research, read or pace around the house. Yes, my writing involves quite a bit of pacing, especially if I find the serene or topic exciting.
After a little bit of time the gear turns again and I am drawn back to the keyboard. I hammer away, but after some time my mind grows tired and I research for my book or look for inspiration. It is a rather chaotic process, but one that surprisingly works well for me. It may work for my writing process, but not so much with research. I really enjoy learning and researching things. It is just easy for me to go down rabbit trails because I’m so curious. I can spend a lot of time, learn many new things, except for what I was originally researching. That is one of the greatest difficulties I face as a writer. It’s one of the more minor challenges, because research is necessary, even for a completely fictional setting.
For one of my manuscripts I’m working on, I’ve been researching the Freetown State Forest in Massachusetts. Mostly what I have found are the strange stories surrounding it. Great, then I read about those and after a few hours I learn very little about the geography, which rather boring but it’s still important.
I wonder if other writers are guilty of being easily distracted as well. Let me know in the comments!