Focused Distraction Is A Creative Technique #IWSG #AMWRITING

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

This month’s awesome Co-Hosts:  Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Ann V. Friend, JQ Rose, and Elizabeth Seckman!

Check out our IWSG homepage.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂


Have you ever watched a child in an art room digging fingers in a ball of clay, smoothing water over a shape she’s trying to create with her own two hands?

Have you ever listened to a teen recite lines for a speech or a play, eyes lost on some space on the wall, hugging her arms in while the words slip out just as she hoped?

Have you ever sat at a desk and stared at a blank screen or piece of paper, wondered where to start and why it isn’t starting right now when you have the time, and maybe too much time to think?

Creativity is a beautiful science. Images. Voices. Blank screens of possibility. Puzzled thoughts and making choices. Learning basic formulas and mixing and matching the right ones for you.

This month’s IWSG question asks, “How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

I might have digressed in this post this month, thinking more of what I use to get through the evolution of creativity. I guess in remembering my own journey, I focused on what helped me work through the process, to keep going.

For me, distraction has kept me on track through time. How to use sensations to get past that chunk of clay, the cool water slipping through your fingers. The hugging motion I didn’t realize I used to get the words out.  And when I’m stuck on a thought or a blank screen, I always go to the gym. I solve everything on a stair climber or a spin bike in the spin room. Maybe it’s my busy mind unable to let go. So when I distract myself with other motions, sensations, I free the block. I’m able to start again.

Distraction has taught me to use my eyes and hands, to search with additional senses. Study expressions. Memorize color. Smile at the detail in eye lashes and dimples. Wonder, or wander. Over time my distractions have evolved into smarter, doable things I am choosing to use because they work.

We can’t always control a thought or where we are, but we can change our surroundings and what we see to dream again.

A few last thoughts on creativity by some creative writers:

Have a lovely rest of your week 🙂

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on November 7, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. I love the bunny analogy 🙂 Great tips about using distraction and other senses to spark your creativity.

  2. Happy IWSG day (wink) Blessings!!

  3. Great post. Distractions help me too 🙂

    Ronel visiting on IWSG day: Lessons in Writing from Sewing

  4. Make them follow you!! I love it! I see kids every day get distracted. It’s my job to bring them back to the classroom:) But sometimes I get distracted!

  5. We can change our surroundings. I find going to the gym or playing my guitar helpful when planning a story.

  6. My cats will only follow me if I entice them with treats.

  7. Very poetic post, Erika. Love your quotes! Distractions are a big part of writing, especially in this era of social media. Use whatever brings you back in focus. For me, it’s cranking up music until my head clears.

  8. Very much enjoyed this post–your words and pictures. I am not terribly creative but learn a lot that I use from others like you. Thanks for this.

  9. It seems I live in a world of… what was that? Oh, sorry, got distracted. 😉

  10. I think the rabbits say it all. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  11. Love the rabbit message, but my cat always ignored me unless I offered to brush her, then I became her best bud.

  12. I like the cat bit because if I chase my cat for a moment (she likes to play even at age 13), when I turn around, she chases me back. Sometimes, I think ideas are like that. Sometimes, I need to chase them, or wander with my eyes open for them, and sometimes, I think I need to turn and run away for a moment, for the ideas to come catch me.

  13. I like the rabbit quote.
    I have a dog; sometimes she follows me when I don’t want her too, but I get the message.

  14. I have to say, Erika, more often than not, you spark something for me, and today, it’s a metaphor for my nano project. Hugs!

  15. Love the rabbit quote. Great post, Erika.

  16. Exercise works for me too. It shakes up those creative cobwebs.
    I had a giggle at the rabbit quote.

  17. Ha ha, what a great take on the question, Erika! I wasn’t sure whether to go literal or not and so I did a bit of a blended approach. I like your artistic point of view 🙂

  18. I seem to come up with my best ideas when I am at work, and I am supposed to be for example renewing “bonds” and that is when I get my creative spark.

  19. If distraction were a place on the map then I could be king.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  20. Victoria Marie Lees

    What a great post, Erika! I like to go outside for a walk to work on a story or think outside the box. Thanks for sharing this with your followers. All best to you.

  21. Excellent advice. It seems we focus so hard, we lose sight of the words. So looking away and thinking of something else or doing something else helps to rest the strain. Great graphics!
    JQ Rose

  22. Good Post, Erika! And it’s so true for me too. I’ve learned that walking, cleaning and whatnot, helps me to clear the cobwebs and create.

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