Question: What is your greatest difficulty when writing fiction, and how do you overcome it?
My greatest difficulty to overcome when writing fiction is distractions. As a self-employed author and artist, there are so many things that capture my attention and pull me away from what I should be doing. There’s the pile of clothes in the bathroom that needs to be washed, dishes in the sink, animals that need to be fed (and let’s not forget taking the time to pet and play with them), and the latest podcast/television show/movie that just dropped and it needs to be watched.
Lately, I’ve been bombarded by family emergencies. As the only son/grandson within a hundred miles, I’m often the designated driver for a set of parents and grandparents that can no longer see adequately enough to drive long distances. There are distractions everywhere!
Because this is my livelihood, I have to overcome the things that try and pull me away. I accomplish this by always having a way to write near at hand. I often carry my laptop with me and can squeeze in a few hundred words while waiting on a loved one to get out of a doctor’s appointment. If I don’t have my laptop, my phone is near at hand. Yes, I even write on my phone. In fact, 1/4 of a current work-in-progress was written on my phone and transferred to my computer later.
So, while there are so many ways to get distracted, I do what I can to put those distractions aside and not let them get the better of me.
About Christopher J Thomasson
Christopher J Thomasson has been writing and drawing since he was in junior high, however, it’s only been within the last 10 years that he’s taken the initiative to share his work with the world. He currently resides within the tall pines of East Texas with his beautiful wife, Debra, daughter-cat, Zoe, two ducks (Daffy and Donald), and 14 chickens (Roo and his harem).
Christopher’s current written works can be found at your favorite online book retailer or on his website: www.pawpawsinkwell.com.