Does anyone else experience that or am I the only weird one? Another thing that slows or stops my progress is having a TV or radio on or being in the same room as people. My surroundings have to be quiet and I have to be alone for my writing to flow.
I'm trying to let go and teach myself to write no matter what's going on around me. Crossing fingers that it works out. I've been working on book 7 of my series forever and have about 12 titles with notes waiting in the wings.
I found the below article the other day and found it pretty interesting. I thought it might help some of you as well.
Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, I hope all is well and you're feeling fine. Whatever you need, I'm sending along some #positivevibes, #prayers, #bestwishes #hugs .
Why You Can't Concentrate Right Now
By Bonnie Randall
Part of The Writer's Life Series
JH: Writers everywhere are experiencing something that's far worse that simple writer's block, and for a very good reason. Bonnie Randall shares why it's hard for us to focus right now.
It has been a wild year. 2020 has impacted the quantity, consistency, and flow of my writing. Productivity has been a challenge because my concentration has been nebulous, jittery.
Unsurprisingly, many other writers and content creators are reporting similar challenges—and as a result I’ve seen multiple articles offering solutions to these issues: ‘How To Stay focused During COVID’, ‘How To Muscle Through the Multitude of World Events And Keep Creating Content’, ‘How To Crank Out a Bestseller In the Midst Of Global Meltdowns (I should probably take a peek at that one). 'Writing in the Time of Covid-19'
While all of these columns are certainly helpful, today I’d like to offer a bit of insight as to why it’s difficult to concentrate in the first place. As in—what is going on, literally, in the brain that has upended our ability to focus.
The Brain, Simplified
Every human brain comes into this world with two primary jobs:
1. Protect the body
2. Feel good
And those jobs are in precisely that order: protection will always outrun feel good in a footrace. Always. No exceptions.
‘Traumatic Stimuli’ is anything that registers within one of our five senses as being potentially grievous to our survival. When the brain perceives a threat, it automatically begins to think, plan, and react (simultaneously, and quicker than your heart can take a beat) from the ‘Fear Center’.
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