Distraction of the Day – Saturday, December 15th

Today’s distraction was plucking my eyebrows.  Wait, don’t go anywhere.  Keep reading.  This is not as inane as it sounds.  This evening I’m working on a chapter of my book, moving along just fine, and then I get stuck.  My mind enters a thick void, and suddenly I become very afraid of this void, utterly daunted by it.  I enter this void, a dark and dry place in my mind, and my first instinct is to avoid it and run away from it.  A common instinct for many people, evading something that intimidates them.  So, I consider my bushy eyebrows, and I think to myself, I’ll pluck my eyebrows while I think about the next scene.  But it’s really just an excuse not to sit at my desk and stare uncomfortably into space, which I find myself doing a lot during the writing process.  I pluck my eyebrows for no more than two minutes until I am reminded of how irritatingly painful it is, plucking my eyebrows, and suddenly going back into that unsettling void seems less uncomfortable.  I go back to my desk and back into that void, and it isn’t long before I emerge from it.

If you, too, have entered that void during the creative process and avoided it as I did, try distracting yourself with something you don’t like doing or that makes you uncomfortable: scrub the toilet, clean out moldy Tupperware, pick up the dog poop in the back yard, or do your taxes.  You’ll be back at your writing desk in no time.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Gentoku says:

    This is the third post in a row that has made me laugh out loud. Awesome!

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