At a conference several years ago, editor/author/ teacher-extraordinaire Karen Ball told about the attention span of a goldfish—about 3 seconds. That's why it happily swims in its bowl astonished as it passes the decor. "Look! I have a castle!" Off it goes to circle around and once again exclaim,
" Look! I have a castle!"
My writing focus--or lack thereof--is often goldfish style. I'm distracted constantly. When I work from my recliner, the television tempts me, my dog is oh-so-entertaining, and laundry beckons. When I work in quiet periods at my job, where I do have time to write, I still procrastinate. A deadline looms and I'm like a high schooler the night before a term paper is due.
I do know, however, I work well when I edit and proofread other author's work. Maybe it's the red-ink-teacher syndrome still running through my veins, but I truly enjoy helping others learn the craft of writing. Or maybe....look I have a castle... It's easier to tell you what to do than to tackle the blinking cursor and empty page!!
Do you find yourself shoving your work to one side? What brings you back to the page? Tell this goldfish your secrets on how to improve her stick-to-it-ness!
But first I should clean the goldfish bowl, fed the fish, dust the shelf, maybe catch up on Masterpiece theater ... Look I have a castle.
Eileen Key retired after teaching school for thirty years. She is a freelance writer and editor, with two mysteries and several novellas published. Co-owner of Wings of Hope Publishing, her days are filled with writers and words. Mother of three, grandmother of four, Eileen resides in San Antonio, Texas.