How I Busted Out of Writer’s Block by Wasting a Bunch of Time

I sat down at my desk and opened up my laptop 52 minutes ago.  The plan was to bust out of writer’s block and just write something, anything.  I even had a place to start.

Then I remembered I said I’d send my daughter a link to a “real food” blog post about fixing kids’ school lunches.  I found it and sent it. I also followed a link in that post to another blog.  I hardly ever cook anymore, thanks to the retired man I live with, but I like to read recipes and food blogs, especially the ones that tell a story with the recipe (see Smitten Kitchen or 100 Days of Real Food).

Thinking of food reminded me that I’d been up for a couple of hours with no breakfast and my stomach was growling. I went downstairs to get a KIND bar which I buy because a little boy behind me in line at Earth Fare one day told me it was the only kind his mom let him have.  Must be good for you, right?

I thought one of the links I crossed paths with deserved to be on Facebook.  Oops. Now I was on Facebook.  I kept scrolling and not looking at the little bitty clock at the top of the computer screen or the clock that sits on my desk next to the computer.

Oh, and did I mention that my phone vibrates when I get an email, which I can easily hear as it sits on the bare wood table that I use for my desk? Could you ignore that?

My KIND bar called out for a cup of tea.  I got up to pour some water into my mini-Mr Coffee so I could make a cup of my favorite tea.

I generously added links for you to a bunch of the things I talked about in this post.  Just click on the red, underlined words and you, too, can go off on a trek through the internet.

Please tell me in the comments which links catapulted you into a hole of lost time.

Enjoy!

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  1. I’m glad you are back to writing. I can’t tell you what I wasted time on in links because I detest internet searches. I found out that I’m not a discovery learner. That seems odd. So I waste my time painting ceilings and scraping windows, thinking that I am “improving” things. Of course, what I really want to do is improve Selena. Brainstorm is a book I heard about this week on NPR. I think I’m going to order it. It describes how adolescent brains work. Shouldn’t I be able to write the book after all of these years? I hope you are warm and ready to write some more. Love, Sarah

    Sent from Windows Mail

    • Someone can explain the adolescent brain in one book? Whose brain? Are they all the same? I don’t think so!
      If you run out of improvement projects over there, just let me know…

  2. Children and dogs is the link that got me but I came right back. I, too, am glad you are posting. I always look forward to your words.
    Karen

    • Thanks, Karen. Your encouragement makes me want to keep trying.


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