I'm working on a book. Lots of people are working on a book, just like I have been for the past year or so, but now I'm actually sitting down and writing. Not the book I thought I wanted to write, but the one that wants to be written. Submitting to this eased so much of the mental conflict I was having about where to go with it.
I noticed something today. Everyone knows writing is a creative process. Some people like to edit as they go, making sure things are spelled right and the sentence structure is good. This is how I've always been. But I noticed that it takes me out of the flow of writing. I can have a thought going in my head, when all of a sudden I hit the wrong key. The jagged red underline is like a flare that I can't ignore. The problem is, if I fix it, it takes me out of the creative mindset and into the present tense editing mode, and even if only for a few seconds, I then have to think of where I was. But, if I ignore it, my attention keeps getting drawn back to it, that red flare, also keeping me from just writing.
I tried to just look at the keyboard, which is ok, but I'm still aware if I hit the wrong key. What I found works best for me is to close my eyes. It sounds weird, to sit in a room typing with my eyes closed, but it really works. Sure, when I open them, I find more mistakes than I would have made otherwise, but I've gotten more writing done, which is why I'm there in the first place. Editing can be done later.