Tuning out the world. Ever try writing a really big scene when someone is making too much noise? It’s so bad you can’t hear yourself think, let alone focus on the scene. This is an opportune time to work on writing under pressure. When life is getting in the way of your writing it is a good time to take a minute and work on blocking out the white noise of the world.
Today, on my break, which is only 10 minutes long, I am trying to squeeze some writing in between my Mountain Dew and Newton’s Thin Cookies with a room of grouchy women gabbing about this problem or that. Hmm… Not usually a big deal, but the scene I am trying to write amongst this grumbling group is the first love scene in A Call from Heaven, my new Sci-Fi book. Wow.
What do I do? Take a swig of Mountain Dew, a deep breath and tune the world out. Eugenia has waited 15 months to make love to this man, and no amount of screaming children, pressing deadlines, or polite conversation is going to stop her. I put myself in the mind frame of my character who has just been reunited with the only man she has ever had such a burning passion for, and on paper, I make love to him.
Pulling it together under pressure is a skill learned by all great writers. Whether it is a deadline, noises from construction, screaming children, or even a room full of old women, authors have to learn to pull it together, focus on the scene, and stay in character. Just because the world is racing around you as you are trying to write doesn’t mean you can let it affect your characters, in their world the focus is all on them.