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Pursue Distractions June 9, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Gratitude, Magick & Mystery.

Writing on the internet, be it blogging or writing on a site like WEbook, can be extremely distracting, especially if your goal is to write in long, solitary stretches without interruption. 

Tip #1:  view “distractions” as part of the process. 

Every place that I am led to while writing is just the path unfolding before me.  It’s all part of the journey.  

Just start and the way will appear.

If I get a review from someone I know, I often decide to go check out what they are working on.  

That’s how I stumbled across Tips and Traps one morning ~ RikScott  commented on a Pure Dialogue submission of mine, and I checked his WEbook Profile Page for a recent posting to see what he was working on.

Glad that I did.  

Tips and Traps, a lovely distraction, eventually led me here . . . to my own blog, Spirit Lights The Way.   Thanks, Rik! 

Tip #2:  Check out what Rik’s working on these days . . . at Uphill Writing ~ this morning’s post, Stringing Your Reader Along, touches upon finicky and fascinating feline friends.  

If I get a review from someone I don’t know, I go take a peek at whatever he/she is working on to see if I can discover a post written by the next James Joyce or Jane Austen.  

My efforts as a talent scout often bear fruit.  

Heading out on such meanderings is how I “discovered” AgriGirl’s BlogThe Only Cin, Global Mysteries, and My Literary Quest.  (Of course, Rik pointed me in the right direction on 3 of these 4 excursions). 

Rather than including an ever-expanding list of talented writers here, you’ll find them on my Blog Roll (located just to the right of the main corridor).

On my wanderings, while reading and providing feedback, inspiration often strikes ~ igniting The Spark of Creativity.  When it does, I rush back here to jot down my thoughts before they evaporate into the ether. 

“Rebate . . . Rebate”  

Most days, I feel like a kid in a candy store ~ there is always something to look at, gaze at, admire . . . or put back to select something even better.

In short, almost 100% of the time I spend wandering around the internet  is spent improving myself as a writer ~ whether I’m crafting my own submissions, revising something I’ve already written, reading someone else’s work, considering topics for future posts, providing editorial suggestions, or offering written feedback.

It’s all good!

When we LISTEN . . . anything in life can be our guide.

Related posts:  A Beacon in the Dark * Winks, Whispers, and Nudges * The Spark of Creativity * Our Field of Dreams * Our Internal Compass * The Power Of Awesome * A Writer’s Life For Me *  Five Easy (Albeit Practically Useless) Tips * Austen & Dickens Had It Easy * Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


1. Richard W Scott - June 9, 2010

Amen to that, Nancy. Everything you read, everything you think, everything you dream, and especially everything you write advances you as a writer.

I have been privileged to watch you, and so many others I’ve met over the last two years grow in scope and craft.

When we network we create our own little string of “Parisian Garrets”, we meet at the coffee shops, we discuss what we’ve done, what we’ve learned, and what we plan.

Whoever said that writing is a lonely occupation, isn’t doing it right.

nrhatch - June 9, 2010

Yay for the Internet . . . hooray for distractions!

Kudos to yudos!

2. Paula - June 9, 2010

Stumbling is often the most serendipitous thing! I have stumbled onto, and stepped into, many blogs, and then returned over and over (like yours and Rik’s and “My Literary Quest,” to name a few ) Not ever intentionally either deciding or even desiring to become a writer, my aim in reading from a wide range of genres, opinions, and points of view, also “advances” me. Readers, too, search for self-improvement and enlightenment, and seek the feedback of other readers as well as of writers.

nrhatch - June 9, 2010

I agree.

Whatever our journey, serendipity and synchronicity magically lead us to the next thing we need to read, write, or learn.

All we need to do is follow the impulse of spirit and we will land exactly where we need to be . . . when we need to be there.

3. cindy - June 10, 2010

I thank my lucky stars for the people I’ve encountered in my stumblings. I believe there is some sort of ‘magnet’ in my mouse that guides my hand to the right people. Thanks for the mention Nancy.

nrhatch - June 10, 2010

There are many times that the “magnet in my mouse” led me to something that I needed to read at just that moment in time.

Following our impulses often pays surprising dividends.

4. agatha82 - June 10, 2010

“view distractions as part of the process” – What genius! Yes, that is just a brilliant positive way of looking at things, I mean, here I am, I saw your post on My literary quest’s blog and now I am here and that is great advice and so, one thing leads to another and it’s all good 🙂

nrhatch - June 10, 2010

Thanks, Agatha!

I do believe that I have learned more from my “meanderings” through life . . . than from the steps I planned down to the finest detail.

Sometimes, we need to put down the map and go “off road” . . . following the breadcrumbs to see where they lead.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy traipsing around the tantalizing offerings in cyber-ville.

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