…about working from home


It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Get up, pour a coffee, and plunk down in front of the computer. That’s the morning commute to work. Tough, huh?

Like the teaser for a movie, that’s the good bit. The not-so-good bit comes when you actually try to get something done. For some reason, people assume that working from home means not really working, so you are free to be interrupted for any reason whatsoever.

For some people, this may be okay. For me, not so much. I need time to get into my groove. Once I’m there, I can surprise even myself with how much I can accomplish. But it takes so little for my train of thought to be derailed.  Once it is off the tracks, I’m done for the afternoon.

This used to frustrate me to no end. Why couldn’t I get back with the task at hand, and just pick up where I left off? I got the beginnings of my answer from a podcast that Joanna Penn did with Livia Blackburne. Hopefully I’m not overextending her meaning when I say that creative thinking is something that, unlike logical thinking, can’t be forced. I can’t MAKE myself think creatively, but I can back off and let myself think creatively.

Is that the Muse that writers talk about? It seems plausible to me. Connecting with our Muse may be nothing more than telling our logical minds to shut the hell up. The dreaded Writer’s Block (insert dramatic music here) may simply be that we are trying to force a creative solution, and it just doesn’t work that way.

If anyone knows a quick and easy way to regroup oneself after an interruption, I’d love to hear it. I fear that no such method exists and, that as a writer interrupted, one must coax our Muse gently in order to regain her hand.

In the meantime, I will lock myself away in my spare bedroom/home office, and do my best to not emotionally scar those who derail my train of thought. Wish me luck!

-= C =-

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3 Responses to …about working from home

  1. Have you tried listening to some music? Sometimes something soft playing in the background helps me. Also, maybe some free-writing? Even if you just write things like “I have writer’s block and I don’t know what to do about it…” Sometimes, just writing down whatever is in your head, no matter how inane, is enough to unstop the plug and let the ideas come rushing out. Or maybe trickling, but it will be a start. Good luck!

    • Craig R Scott says:

      Good suggestions, Jeannette! I learned the hard way to be selective about the music I listen to. I wasn’t getting much writing done while I was playing air guitar to Aerosmith! 🙂

  2. taureanw says:

    Great points!
    I know I would not only get very little work done but I would also soon lose any and all inspiration. I am typically a home-body & would rather relax at home vs going out. The problem with this is that in order to get great ideas or believeable dialogue you need to actually interact with the world. SOund like a dream but it would end up turning into a nightmare for me 🙂

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