Jane Friedman

How Distraction Can Be an Asset

Over the last year, a consistent theme has emerged in my discussions with writers around the country: They feel distracted. While that distraction is often connected to social media, it’s just as much about current events that we observe through social media. There’s a never-ending and chaotic feed of news that crowds out those things that remain (or at least once felt) important to us.

What is to be done?

I admire and recommend Lee Conell’s way of dealing with distraction in this month’s Glimmer Train bulletin:

I decided that distraction did not have to be something to beat myself up over. It could be an asset. It could even be a kind of craft tool. After all, the more I let my mind wanderings play out, the more I noticed that most of my thoughts also had to do with narrative: A plot twist in the news. … If I gave it time, all of my distractions funneled themselves into something like fiction.

Keep reading The Art of Distraction.

Also in this month’s Glimmer Train bulletin: