Our inimitable Scottish friend, literary scifi writer Hal Duncan calls it “eating the purple crayons:”
1. Don’t eat the crayons, even if “purple tastes gooooood”. No, really. Put that down; it’s not meant for that.*
* 1a. This simple childhood rule applies also in adult life to: playing computer Solitaire; browsing the interweb; checking email; surfing for porn. If you are doing any of this you are eating the crayons. Stop it now.
Distractions. They are multitude.
Over the years, I’ve been able to resist many distractions from my writing: cleaning out the closets, reading People magazine online, fixing endless cups of coffee that remain untasted. But there’s one purple crayon I can’t seem to resist, the thing that pulls my mind from my wip and has me mulling over it when I should be thinking about how my next scene should go down–