Three days ago I just returned from a 13-day trip to Italy I took with two of my writing group friends. (Well, I spent twelve days in Italy and one in Brussels to be exact, but that’s a whole other story.)
Out of the thousands of pictures taken during our trip, this one is my favorite. It is a photo of the lovely author Jen Jenkins. What is she doing you ask? Is she performing a remix of the 60s song “Stop! In the Name of Love?”
No. She is trying to tell me that about eight feet to my left a tram is approaching and I happen to be standing on the tracks. We have been accused of faking this photo, but I assure you we did not. It is legit.
The sun was shining in my eyes (as you can see by the sunburst by the statue). I couldn’t see a thing in the camera screen but was snapping a picture of blackness hoping the smart phone would do its job and make the picture look good.
Since I am alive enough to write this article, you know the story has a happy ending. When she finally got over the shock of seeing me about to be run over, she was able to shout at me and I jumped away just in time.
What is the moral of this story? Focus.
I was so intent on what I was doing (i.e. taking a brilliant photo) that I wasn’t deterred by oncoming distractions. I have a goal to approach my writing like that. Focus less on marketing, social media, raiding the fridge, etc. during my writing time and just write.
Simple, but true.