It's so easy to get off-task when I'm writing. Oh look, laundry. Oh look, the cat has thrown up again on the floor. Oh look, etc. etc. etc. Not to mention the temptation of playing one more game on the internet, or checking what people are saying on Facebook or Twitter, or etc. etc. etc.
What's a writer to do?
I've learned I have to leave. It might be different if I had a home office, but I don't. Not yet.
Several minutes lost as I imagine the space and mentally decorate it.
If I get out of the house, I can write. I've gone to coffee shops, to the library, anywhere where all I have to do is write. Now, of course, this cuts down on my muttering and pacing, but the words still manage to make their way onto the page. Doing this for several days in a row has given me a real feeling that I'm getting somewhere. I can envision actually writing a query letter in the not-too-distant future.
I can't write for hours every day - I do have a house and children (okay, teenagers) that demand my attention. Actually the teenagers just want constant supplies of food and new clothes. There's supper to make.
Several more minutes lost as I imagine having a personal chef.
I have told myself forcefully to treat my writing with respect. For me, right now, that means writing elsewhere.
How do you deal with distractions? Do you give your writing the respect it deserves?