I was reading a post by agent Rachelle Gardner the other day about guarding your creativity and how excessive blog-hopping can be detrimental to being able to focus on your own creative projects. (I say this, linking you over to that blog. Damn those links! So sneaky...) I have to agree. With each new technology there seems to be more and more fragmentation of our attention. It used to be that a cracking book could consume me and cloud my ability to write, but now there are all these other things that can take my time and fill my head. Twitter is addictive, the blog-hopping so difficult to resist and facebook would slay me. Don't get me wrong, some can be extremely inspiring or randomly give me the plot clue or blogging idea I have been looking for, but it is still constantly more for my head to contend with. How are the fledgling ideas supposed to have a chance to be heard, let alone mull and grow?
As Gardner concludes, we need to find a balance. How true. I'm fairly sure I hit my brain capacity a while ago, especially after I had the kids. In this light I find I relate to Homer Simpson, with his "one thing in, one thing out" policy. I only hope that it isn't an important thing that drops as I allow something random in, but you never can tell, can you? In addition, all of that is just the friction of social media versus creativity. Bung in those unexpected real-life issues and something has to give somewhere. I’m in that triple mix at the moment and if I can just stay mindful of it, I'll fight to make it the social media that suffers and not the writing.
So tell me, how do you set your balance and what are the things that you safeguard?