One piece of writing advice I've seen over and over is to work without distractions when it's time to write. The biggest and most controversial writing distraction is, according to these authors, the internet.
I'm inclined to agree, at for myself. I do a lot of research via the internet. But my ratio of research to fooling around is way skewed to the 'fooling around' end of the scale.
So, I'm trying it out. I just bought a used laptop, installed Office XP (the last version that makes sense, for me at least) and disabled my network card. This is going to be my dedicated writing machine. I have a 16 gig thumb drive to move files back and forth, so if I have to email something, I'll physically copy it over to my old laptop and send it out there.*
Will this make me more productive? I don't know, we'll see. I can still find ways to distract myself, I'm in my library after all. But hopefully this will be a bold new world of work time meaning work. And and end to playing video games and surfing instead.
Anyone else cut the cord,
*I could, of course, re-enable the network card and email from the work laptop but I'm trying to pretend there is literally no way to connect to the internet on this device. I know myself well enough not to give myself any leeway there.
I'm a lightly-published author with several novels completed and I hope to have them up on Amazon shortly.
|Mark Andrew Edwards||