Monday, April 25, 2011

A to Z: (U)se Your Time Wisely

One of the biggest problems today with being a writer is all the distractions you find on your computer. The games are one thing, but what about the rest? Interenet alone comes with tons of them. Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Skype, etc. How can you avoid them?

It can be so hard to get away from all the games, status updates, and social interaction you get from your hot seat, but the more time you spend with those things, the less writing you can get done.

This all goes back to the post I made on writer's block at the beginning of the month. Make time for the writing, try to keep that time consistent on a week-to-week basis, and treat it like a job.

When its time to write, turn of your internet until its break time. Only give yourself a short amount of time to go through email, reply to tweets, and stalk all your facebook friends. Set alarms for yourself to know when its time to start and stop writing.

If you're a gamer (like me) try to wait until writing time is over to start playing. If you have more than once computer, try to keep the writing seperate from the internet and games. After all, you can't give in to the tempation if it isn't there.

Lastly, try to find some way to motivate yourself. A chant, ritual, or note for yourself to keep going. I have post its that tell me I can do it that I look at whenever I'm writing. I also do a word count after I finish writing every night. When I see how many words I've done, it always makes me want to come back to it the next night.


  1. I need to work on this. I would be so much further in my writing if I actually did it instead of wasting my time online most of the time.

  2. The internet is very distracting to writing I agree! Thanks for the reminder.


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