This Wednesday at The Pink Heart Society author Anna Adams is here to talk to us about some of the distractions in her life...
Are You Distracted?
Distractions. Do you love them, or do they get in your way? I started writing when I had two children at home, and I was still their ride to school, music lessons, and a part-time job. Yes, my son lost his license almost as soon as he gained it, because he felt the need for speed. I wrote while I also had a full-time job, while I sold a house in one state and bought a house in another, and my husband, frantically busy with his own job, had already moved to the new state.
Today, my husband has retired. My son lives in yet another state. My daughter is in college, but she’s home for the summer.
Hence, the distractions. My husband, who was hardly ever home during his working years is here twenty-four hours a day. My daughter, who hardly has time to breathe during the school year, wants to hang out.
I want to hang out with them. Well, I’m a little taken aback at a twenty-four-hour husband. I’m not used to that. But my daughter is building her own life, and she doesn’t ask for my time the way she once did. I feel her beautiful, wide-open future looming ahead of us. I’m glad for her, but let me be honest. I’m selfish. I’ve been her mom a long time, and I’m going to grab at any time she can share.
But this is a post about writing. Can you see the problem already? I’m distracted.
My June release, Her Reason to Stay, is my--I don’t actually know what number--release, but my first book came out over eight years ago. I hear other writers talk about what they do, and I’m impressed with their authority and their work ethic.
I’m also a little shaken. I’m distracted, and I don’t feel authoritative. I can’t imagine ever feeling I don’t have too much to learn. Plus, I’ve never had a system. My lack of a system has always worked before. I’ve found a way.
But I’m not whining about fear or ranting about change--or even distraction.
I love writing. I love writing romance. I relish the emotion we get to share in a story about one man and one woman who discover no one else will do for them. I met my husband in Iceland when he was a civilian assigned to the NATO base, and I was stationed there in the Navy. What are the odds?
Writing romance allows me to explore the amazing possibilities of finding true love. We live in a world where a man and a woman must choose to be together because modern life makes living apart a viable alternative. Life is riddled with distraction, and maybe that’s the key to living and to my writing.
I already love the reasons for my distraction. How do you manage? Do you embrace your distractions? Or do you have some magic secret for working around them?