Very rarely am I ever doing only one single thing. Sure, there are times where it looks like I’m doing one thing, but looks are deceiving. Once upon a time I sat for hours playing with Legos or reading a book, or playing with my toys, but the days of such single-minded focus were let behind with the Legos. Even with my writing, though I have a widget on this site which displays my “progress” it isn’t really accurate. It only follows the progress of a single story, and unless I’m buckled down in editing mode, I flit from one story to another as the Muse strikes.
Pitfalls of creative multi-tasking:
- Plotting a scene in your head is fine, as long as you know the directions to your destination. Attempting to find a new place while simultaneously crafting a scene will guarantee at least one missed turn.
- It is never a good idea to cook bacon in one room as you muse upon plot twists and dry your hair in the other, even if your hair dries in a matter of three minutes. Inevitably, the bacon will be burned.
- Be prepared to have moments when you check back in to reality just in time to NOT put the milk in the dishwasher.
- When you craft that perfect one-liner dialogue and bust out laughing, people will stare.
- Nothing is as frustrating as an interrupted fight scene, but remember it is best not to demonstrate said scene in real life.