A WEEK INTO LOCK DOWN…
…and I’m working out ways to control my roving mind – or is it brain function. Whatever it is, it is flipping around all over the place and preventing me from keeping on task. Are you having this problem? Or is it just me? I need to switch off the breaking news, in fact all the social media. I don’t need to know the latest cornovirus figures. It only depresses me. The task I have given myself is to work on the sequel to ‘Mayhem in Melbourne’. I have the first draft of the sequel but it needs WORK. I need to stop getting more tea and wandering outside to check the weather.
My problem is I have all day to write. I have always wanted all day and now I have it I can’t cope. I’m used to a busy working day, drinks and dinner with friends and carving out time in amongst all this to write. I was stimulated!
John Birmingham in his book ‘How to be a Writer’ suggests getting a timer and setting it for 20 or 30 mins and work until it goes off. Then decided to do more work, or walk around the park,or make a coffee or work for another 20 or 30.
A review of John Birmingham’s book says, ‘… This book will be particularly helpful for those who suffer from lack off focus, procrastination and time wasting…’. That’s me!
I have worked out a few affirmations to help, too.
While I procrastinate I listen to the local magpies. This is the year for magpies. There has never been so many around my burb. They communicate with a sort of ‘Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle’ It is such a happy sound. They talk a lot! They’re not worried about COVID-19.
That description of their conversation comes from a moving poem by called ‘Magpies’ by New Zealander, Denis Glover. You can find it here.