I hated the keyboard.
Could not type a line without a mistake. I knew there was some semblance of learning curve with a new keyboard, so I gave it a few days. My hands hurt. I couldn't think for worrying about my fingers hitting wrong letters. My patience is lengthy when writing a chapter, but short as a lightning spark when my technology hits a glitch.
So I put my old keyboard back in place. It's six years old. The N key is blank. Funny, but even though it's right there, next to the M and the B, like always, I find myself wondering which key it is. I slow down typing, even make typos (more than usual). Sometimes I'm mildly frustrated with it. Other times, I briefly consider swapping back to the new keyboard. Frankly, I'm thinking too hard over a piddly incidental issue.
We often let nonessential circumstances step in and interrupt our writing.
- The television in the background
- Traffic outside
- No music / wrong music / someone else's music down the hall
- Morning / evening / night
- Too much AC / not enough AC
- Dust on the furniture
- The wrong pen / mouse / chair
- No tea / the wrong tea
- Phone rings
- Internet is down
- The ding on the computer announcing email or Tweets
- The mall closes at nine
- Past bedtime
In reality, we need to be bold bad-asses and write through the interruptions, outside the minutiae, and beyond the excuses. If we had the proper mindset, we'd write IN SPITE OF anything and everything.
Have a great weekend. What obstacle will you write IN SPITE OF?