On occasion , I like to wander over to the New York Times' blogs and read about what the writing elite have to say about the world. Every now and then, I run across an article that sort of gets me and gets what I'm looking for at the time.
In an article entitled, "Upside of Distraction," the writer Benjamin Nugent describes how when he finally had the opportunity to immerse himself in writing and only writing...it grew stale. It wasn't until that he allowed for a variety in his life that his writing flourished and managed to grow and get better.
Last week I blogged about being n a rut, and I think after reading some of my comments and then reading this article, I realized I needed to give myself permission to get distracted. It isn't like I've immersed myself in writing lately (ha), but it isn't like I've been having the time of life these days either.
I think I just need to find a way to balance my writing self with everything else. I need to cut back on the have-to's in my life as much as I can, and add in more things I enjoy without feeling guilty for enjoying something other than writing. Because after all, it will only end up helping me in the long run.
Has distraction ever helped your writing? What is your favorite writing distraction?