distract vb DIVERT: to draw (the attention or mind) to a different object.
That's the definition I found in the dictionary. And that's what I look for-- distractions, I mean-- when I'm in front of the blank computer screen getting ready to wring the words out of my brain. It's never easy getting the words out especially on days they play hide-and-seek with me.
I wonder how people seem to string pretty words together so effortlessly. Or do they also sweat and tear out their hair like me?
I find that ideas kind of pop out when I'm reading. When the writer says something, there's an interaction. And I'd have something to say too. But by the time I have finished reading, the ideas have gone. Have flown away like butterflies. What I need is a net to catch these butterfly-ideas so I'll have a store of ideas and topics to write about. Then I won't have to look for distractions.
What do you do when the words refuse to land on your screen? I heard that some writers clean their kitchens, mop the floors, eat, run, chat on the phone, climb mountains. I play Scrabble. It's the only game left on my computer. I often play one game after another. Then I'd wonder where all the time went to.
When you can't write a single sensible sentence what do you do?