Me: What's so funny?
Sis: Didn't you see me at the light?
Me: *Pretty sure a puzzled look is on my face as I try to remember if I saw her* Nooooo. I thought you had to work today.
Sis: I do. I was on the way to work and I was waving like crazy at you. Didn't see me, huh?
Me: *Thinking Duh* No, I wasn't paying attention.
So now you know - I do not pay attention to my surroundings when I'm driving. I focus on the road ahead of me and not much else. Yeah, I know that's a dangerous way of traveling, but that's how I roll. For years, I've had people tell me that they always wave at me when they see me but I rarely wave back. It's not that I'm a snob (I promise that I'm not!), but I don't look around.
And that's not a good thing. When I'm the passenger, I love looking around and taking in the scenery. Observing places that are different from the ones I have to look at every single day is actually fun, but unfortunately I don't do it too much when I'm the one in charge of driving.
So....what does this have to do with writing? Well, I've realized that I've been doing the same thing with my WIP. I've been so focused on the end result that I've started to ignore the scenery around me. My kids and hubby started to complain a lot. Things like I love my computer more than them (ouch!) and that I'm going to turn into a vampire if I don't get outside more.
So I've cut back. My blogging has slacked off, as well as my commenting, and my word count is nowhere where I want it to be, but that's okay. I'm not a published author, so I don't have to rush and finish things on a deadline. I'm still learning the craft, so it's fine if I take my time. Sure, I want to be finished with this thing, but my family has to come first.
So do you have tunnel vision with your writing? Do you focus on it too much at times, or have you figured out the perfect balance? Because if you have please let me know;)