How To Write With Distractions
As I’m writing this post, I’m in a loud car with my family on the highway as it storms outside.
Am I distracted?
Let’s see how this post turns out. But in all honesty, I’ve finally cracked the code of how to write with distractions.
When you’re writing on the go, you don’t have a choice but to listen to the crinkly plastic bags in the trunk, the glaring A/C, and the random conversations of family members. You have no headphones to cancel anything out.
But you have to keep writing.
Here’s how to do it.
1. Establish a strong writing habit.
Most people don’t have a strong enough writing habit ingrained in their daily routine so they have a fragile attention span when writing. It’s like trying to train a new puppy, yet there’s a treat right next to them. That treat’s going to be eaten quicker than you can tell them to sit.
If you establish a writing habit, you’re putting less effort into focusing on writing, making it easier for you to write with distractions.
So far I’ve been writing every day for three months and I can strongly say that writing is now second nature to me to the point where I don’t have to put much effort into it.
Write for 90 days straight and see what happens.
2. Write with small noises in the background.
These small noises could be:
- Low music
- Low TV
- A/C running
- Ruffling paper
I started building up resistance to these noises gradually and now I can listen to them while writing easily.
If you start with one of these sounds (low music or tv preferably), you’ll start to build resistance as you practice your writing every day. Then you can get to the big sounds like honking horns, thrashing metal, or better yet, screams!
So start with small distractions, repeat, and eventually, you’ll be able to write with bigger ones.
3. Know what you’ll write beforehand.
I’m not telling you to outline your posts. It works for some people, but I don’t do it because I think it’s boring and not beneficial to my writing process.
What I mean is to come up with your idea a few hours before you write your post. That way, you’ll keep that in mind as you go throughout your day. You’re subconsciously coming up with the points you want to cover, your introduction, your conclusion, even the format.
I’ve written all of my blog posts like this and they’ve gotten thousands of views. It’s possible to stream of consciousness your way into a gem. All it takes is two things:
- Trust in your creativity
- Trust in your ability to finish writing (courtesy of your writing habit)
You’re less likely to get distracted because you already have your post mapped out in your head.
Writing without distractions is the hardest thing a writer can do.
You don’t have a blissful space or headphones in your back pocket to keep you focused. So the only thing you can do is continue writing no matter what.
To do this, you have to establish a strong writing habit, write with small distractions, and map out your post in your head. So what are you waiting for?