The ideas were flowing and the words were pouring from my brain to my fingertips to the keyboard, and I had just typed "Above all, don't forget to ... " when someone interrupted me. To be fair, it was about something reasonably important, and I spent a few minutes putting out that particular fire. But when I came back to continue writing, I stared blankly at the last line I'd written and could not for my life figure out what I'd been about to say.
It seemed pretty important, too. Something you should never forget. I reread the lead-in paragraph, looking for context clues, but there weren't any. I was about to go off on a tangent, and because I'd come un-grooved, I had no clue where that tangent was headed or what point I was going to make.
This has to be the bane of every writer -- the interruption. Perhaps other writers are more skilled than I when it comes to picking up the thread, but man, that unexpected break can really thwart some great prose.
Then comes the killer -- trying to finish that thought with something that may or may not have been the original idea, but probably isn't. It's like trying to stuff a marshmallow into a piggy bank. It may fit, but it sure isn't pretty. And then you mourn all of that great copy that would have been created from your original groove.
I should note that I was able to write this blog about interruptions with no interruptions and get all my points across just the way I wanted to. Score!
By Steve Boudreault