Here's a question for all of you who write regularly:
I struggle with trying to write when my head isn't in the story. Tonight, for example. It's 9:30 p.m., I've been trying to write for the past hour while DH watches TV in the same room, DS isn't even in the bath yet, I'm terribly anxious about my job search, and naturally I can't focus. My gut says wait until the morning when my mind is fresh, but my conscience says "You've hardly written at all for the past three weeks!"
I can't help wondering how much use it is to do what I think of as "junk" writing when I can't really focus. I expect the result will be just as stale to the reader as it is to me. I certainly wouldn't try to write a letter, balance the checkbook or plan a lesson in this frame of mind. But I keep hearing successful writers say that one must keep writing no matter what.
So, what do you think? Have you found that work you did while distracted was worth doing?
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