Afternoon my lovelies.
Time to crank out a blog and then get to writing.
I've pondered over a question asked at the Author Panel I went to last Saturday.
How do I concentrate with OCD? How do I shut everything else out and write?
First of all, I've been to a therapist/counselor. I've not been properly diagnosed, but I'm most certainly OCD.
Sometimes it's worse than others. Whether I have to check the lock my magic number of times or check my alarm the same number.
But thankfully, it doesn't rule my life.
Blocking out everything to write is difficult enough. But it's a real bitch when I have to make sure that certain items are where they always are. That I've done everything else that needs to be done. When I have my water nearby and my ear buds in so I can concentrate ONLY on the story or stories.
This five-book series requires me to listen to my Writing playlist on iTunes which consists of beautiful music sans words or Enya-type or Celtic Woman songs.
Because it fills in the holes I need filled to work on the writing.
I need the background noise so that other things don't bother me. My phone is on "Do Not Disturb". I will give the death glare to any who bother me when I'm working in the zone. And God forbid you interrupt.
While I'm a fairly nice person on any given day, I am a snarling bear woke from its hibernation when jacked with in the middle of a nice writing jag.
Ear buds in. Writing on. Woe to anyone who doesn't respect that.
And I mean WOE.
Food has been consumed. Water sits to the left of my laptop. iTunes is about to be fired up and put on repeat.
Shall we begin?