Throughout the school year A Junior students tend to be those who are more distracted than the other groups while in class. Their excitement for learning English makes them to be hyperactive and to lose focus easily especially the first months. Then that’s my chance to write some phrases on the board such as: Be Quiet or Focus on , a popular motto of our school the last 5 years!
But how effective is to force Focus or stay focused when you lose focus? I guess speaking from my students’ part they would bring objections to the matter, not allowing them to free their imagination and make all those sparky remarks irrelevant to our teaching goals but so witty ones. Their curiosity and wild imagination make up the greatest stories in class.
As a new writer amidst the paths of exploration I tend to consider Focus as a well constructed road to follow but I do wonder why not lose focus? The number one question here is how to control the loss of focus when so many other distractions limit a writer’s energy and creativity.
One of the meanings of “Focus” as a verb is “to adapt or be adjusted so that things can be seen clearly.” I believe any writer has to be both patient and ready to adjust particular ideas of his writing thru “editing” so the best result comes to the reader. This means to stay focused while in reality improving your writing to an original one. A good distraction in order to avoid “distractions” is to immerse one’s self in the works by influential writers and improve your writing while feeding the imagination, too. My A junior students talk non stop, because they think aloud, a writer has to keep notes,write, rewrite(so let’s lose focus, here!) and keep track of all these ideas that come.
I recently read a very interesting article on “The Power of Patience” presented in Harvard Magazine, by Jennifer L. Roberts, (http://harvardmagazine.com/2013/11/the-power-of-patience) She referred to students’ ability to write a research paper, based on an work of art. Having as an example John Singleton Copley’s art work she chose “A Boy with a flying Squirrel” (1765) to emphasize the importance for the students of “noting down the evolving observations as well as the questions and speculations that arise from those observations.”
By devoting many hours of examining the painting the students realize “in any work of art there are details and orders and relationships that take time to perceive” and I believe the same is in force for the writer , too. So don’t feel bad for losing focus because of various “distractions” or simply because your story needs rearrangement. As Jennifer L. Roberts said , “just because you have looked at something doesn’t mean that you have seen it.”
Don’t look at your story and your characters when there is a need to actually see them, “Focus on” and don’t feel bad whenever losing focus, it will definitely be rewarding, in the long run.
Have a great writing till next Friday’s Rock Post!