Wisteria is discounting seasonal goodies by fifty percent, Groupon is offering 82 percent off Crunch membership, there’s an amazing French restaurant in the Village where - get this - you can eat for 30 percent off the check on Bloomspot, and wow, there’s a studio apartment that’s having an open house and my daughter's now apartment searching, and on and on and on and exactly how do you stay focused on writing your book when you’re being bombarded by e-mails and distractions, never mind the latest daily offerings on Gilt and One King’s Lane, and omigod, there’s that holiday party coming up and J. Crew has the totally cutest stuff so I'll just take like five minutes and go check out what they have and then, ugh, the laundry is piling up and it’s almost time to take out the dog and my stomach’s starting to growl, so maybe I’ll just get up and have a yogurt, but oh God, I haven’t even glanced at the Times this morning and like what if something major happened and I don’t even have a clue???
It’s harder than ever to stay focused on writing, especially at this time of year, so what do you do?
- Close your e-mail, at least for a couple of hours.
- Don’t answer the phone. That’s what answering machines are for.
- Don’t shop online. I’ll say it again. Don’t shop online. Establish a rule about online shopping, like not between the hours of nine and one and stick to it.
How do you stay focused? Share your secrets!
Deborah's latest young adult novel, THE LIFEGUARD, will be published by Albert Whitman & Co., on March 1.