Girls Write Out
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Okay, I have to confess that since I returned home from conference, I've had a hard time sitting down and writing. Isn't that weird? One would think I'd be pumped up and raring to put those magical words on paper.

The truth is I've been struggling with discipline lately. It started before conference. I could blame it on my dog--because goodness knows, she keeps me plenty distracted, but I think it's me.

My distractions range as follows:
1. Puppy wants to play.
2. I'm hungry.
3. I need to call someone.
4. Grandkids.
5. Email.
6. Snail mail.
7. Grandkids.
8. Email.
9. Food.
10. Grandkids.

Well, you get the picture. I don't have kids at home and I still get distracted. I've got to FOCUS!!!! Sooooo can anyone out there tell me exactly how to do that? What are YOUR distractions?

Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:07 AM  
  Comments (16)
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At 9:27 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

What darling girls! They alone are distraction enough!

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Hi, Diann!

Sunshine is my biggest distraction. All I want to do is go outside and play, but then I'll be far away from my notebooks and laptop.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I know the feeling, Di! I'm having a hard time focusing since conference too. I think it was because my subconscious was still finding the story. I reread my subplot I came up with in the Donald Maass class and I'm scooting along today again.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Tonya Kappes said...

Beautiful grandgirls! Good luck getting back on track.

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Blogs I like to read. :-)

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Kristen, I love how you start out with "Hi, Diann!"--makes me feel like we're old friends ready to catch up on things! :-)

Girls, can you believe this, I actually got two, count 'em, TWO chapters done today!! I can't believe it! Guess it helped me to write my blog first. :-)

Thanks for your help!

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I forgot to add--I'm off to see the grandkids!! ROTFLOL!

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Okay, I officially hate you, Di! I'm still struggling with ONE scene!

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Judy Gann said...

I've been struggling since the conference, too, in spite of postive feedback and new ideas. By early afternoon I'm ready for a nap.

It's reassuring to know I'm in such esteemed post-conference blahs company. Although, Diann, it sounds like you just bailed on the rest of us! :-)

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Beautiful kids. They look like models! No wonder they are a distraction!

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

Hi Diann -

Those little girls would distract any grandma! Enjoy them -- and write at night :)


At 11:38 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

Oh, I forgot -- the picture looks like there MIGHT be an angel with his wings protecting them -- I love this photo!

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Deena said...

Ummm...this blog! LOL!! Seriously, I get distracted by too many things to count. Sometimes I feel like a spiritual ADD believer! "Dear God, thank You for Your many...oh, did a new book come in the mail....that reminds me, I've got to get that review you with your homework? Can't you see I'm in the potty?....hmmm,wonder what's for dinner...Oh, God, thank You for Your many blessings........

You get the picture! How, get to writing, Missy......I miss your humorous reads!

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Focus? We have to focus?

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Deena, that's hilarious!!! That's exactly how I am these days! From one thing to the other and neglecting my work! Yikes!

So nice to know others are out there who understand. :-)

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

HI Diann

I, too have shared in mountaintop experiences. When good friends and like minded people meet and learn and worship at a conference like all of you attended-- that is the top of the top of the mountain. It is inspiring and brings you to the very feet of Jesus.

I guess that is why the disciple said to Jesus, "Can't we just stay on this mountaintop and not go back (to daily work/job)? Jesus made it clear that we are to enjoy the mountain top experiences, but life goes on. There are people to reach for Him. Characters who develop and grow in their daily lives, through both the difficult and the not so difficult. To share through your characters, the joy He can bring to each reader in their life.

Your writing is your way of sharing Christ with others. Each author decides how they will fit their faith into the story and be developed in each situation and/or character. THAT is why I love Christian fiction -- all of it!

But, oh how great is the fellowshsip on that mountaintop! I am not surprised some of you are having trouble 'settling back in" to writing.

Remember all that God taught you, your closeness to friends who believe as you do, those intimate moments with Jesus in praying with others. What joy to lift voices in worship and praise with hundreds of others. What praise and worship must await us in heaven with Jesus!

I love to read a book that pulls me into the lives of each character. Wondering if a person will make the right choice, or if they made the wrong choice, what do they do 'make it better'. Choice. Will they make the right one or the wrong one?

My favorite moment is when I am so engrossed in the book, that I have to 'take a minute' to get back into "now" if the phone rings or the dog barks. LOL. I love those books that draw me right on in, whether from the first page, or it takes a few chapters. All of you fit that bill for me!

I am so looking forward to each new book. I wish I could have been at your conference! Thanks so much for taking the time to connect here, with us, where we can share your excitement and tears. I love the picture of each family member and the glimpse into your daily lives.

Your friend,


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