I’m a Mahjong, Spider Solitaire and Freecell addict.
Game-playing is part of my writing routine. Every morning when I get to the office, I settle in and have breakfast while playing one of the above games. It’s as much a part of my writing day as . . . well, as the writing. On occasion, I’ll try to jump straight into work, but it just doesn’t flow as well.
The games are pretty much mindless, so I guess it’s a way to get the creative stuff moving. I don’t play a long time, no more than 30 minutes usually, then when I get tired of writing, I turn on Waymon Tisdale and play a few games more. Usually, ten minutes or so is enough to get me back in gear for at least one more page.
I’m sure I could write without playing any games. I just hope I don’t ever have to prove it.
Do you have a deliberate distraction? Or are you one of those people who never lets anything get in the way of your precious writing time? (I envy you guys, really. Heck, I used to be you guys. But that was back when solitaire required actually shuffling cards.)
And, for all you new Kindlers out there, have you tried Every Word? It’s great fun . . . but it does tend to distract me from the books I’m reading.