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Concentra- ooh shiny things

on Wednesday, 4 April 2012
I think years of internet abuse have destroyed my ability to concentrate for more than half an hour on something. I didn't have computers or video games growing up, so I spent the vast majority of my childhood with my nose in a book. As an adult, I suppose I've rebelled against my empoverished upbringing and embraced technology, spending hours every day pouring over websites and whiling away the hours watching colourful video games blink entertainment into my brain.

As a writer, having such a terrible attention span is very detrimental. I try to set myself goals for writing: "Today I will write 1000 words! At least!" but often it turns out to be "Hell, I've written 100 words, I can reward myself with some [insert mindless entertainment here]".

I'm planning to finish a novel in 2012, and I've been doing well so far, but some days it feels like it might be more like 2015 before it's finished. Perhaps it's time to go ask my doctor for some Ritalin. Right now though, I've got some shiny things to go stare at.


14 comments:

TheRatdogman said...

I know what you mean. Now days I find it hard to even sit through a film

Spacerguy said...

God this brings me back to my bookworm days. I used to stay up reading into the wee hours just to get my fix. An hour went by and then another until my dad stuck his head in my room and told me to turn off the light, LOL.

teganwilson said...

Ah, I used to hide under the covers with a torch >:3

Mark said...

Well good luck writing a novel. I have less of an attention span than I used to, but it's still possible for something to capture, and keep my attention, for a few hours.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Determination will get you through these storms of self-doubt. Ernest Hemingway was pleased if he managed 500 words ... if they were the right 500 words. You can achieve your dream if you keep at it. Thanks for following my blog, Roland

Crack You Whip said...

I have zero attention span, but do like shiny objects.

mooderino said...

I find I can play a video game for hours and hours though. I wonder why I can focus on them?

mood
Moody Writing

Remish said...

Meh, I totally understand you. So many goals to achieve, yet sometimes I become so distracted! But I believe that step by step, it is possible to get out of this stupid habit..

NellieVaughn said...

Coffee. I am not sure if you're a coffee drinker, but it helps tremendously. Of course, if you drink too much of it, then you're out of luck for a few hours.

teganwilson said...

I drink copious amounts of strong tea, and smoke cigarettes. To be honest, I think being mildly stimmed is just a base state for me now, I think I need something stronger heh.

Marie Rossi said...

Wow that is shiny. (Was supposed to write something less stupid-sounding, but I saw the rainbow thing and

Baur said...

I get distracted easily also

Geojour said...

Writing can be a straight up b!t@h some times. I've never written a novel, but papers for classes...and it takes 2 hours to write the intro, and thirty minutes to bang out the rest.

Damn brain

Craziness abounds said...

Sounds like you and I have a lot in common. I have the attention span of a flea, grew up not watching TV or playing video games with my head firmly planted in any book I could read. (although my parents swear my head was in the clouds.) I just had my first book published in March my second is due to come out in June and I can't get through the editing process because I keep playing around. Sigh.

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