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:~: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 :~:


Last week was an interesting week for me, since my Internet service was out--save for the occasional blip of access--from last Monday until this past weekend. I thought, without the distractions of email and surfing the web, I would have increased my productivity when it came to writing. Um...not even close. I wrote 600 words last week. Total. :grin:

I spent most of the week parked on the couch catching up on my reading instead of sitting in front of the computer getting any work done. I don't feel too guilty about it, though--I don't often take vacations and I probably needed a little time away from it all to recharge.

It's odd, but this has happened before, too. I seem to have a block against writing when I can't be online at the same time. Even though I knew I had a lot to get done, I couldn't seem to find the motivation to do any of it. Now that I'm back online, I'm not having any problems putting the focus back on my writing.

Does this ever happen to you? Do you need to be online while you write? What do you do when you have downtime?


Blogger Joan Swan said...

Boy, I wish they had Echinachea for computers -- lots of internet issues going around out there! I don't want mine to catch it! I don't miss the browsing aspects of internet, but without email and loop contact, I'm a mess.

I actally get distracted when I'm online at the same time I'm writing. It's too easy to think, "Oh, I should research this name or place or plot angle," and go off into the www for what turns into two hours. I do 90% of my writing off-line. But I think it's all in what you're used to.

Now...get back to work, missy!! :-)

10:10 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

With me it depends--I set myself a 500 word a day minimum and sometimes when the words aren't flowing, I end up wasting a lot of time online chatting, reading blogs, etc. But I like being online and knowing my writing buddy is just an email away. We probably routinely swap 16-20 emails a day, perhaps more and we tend to feed off each other and manage to help get each other unstuck. So I think I'm actually most productive when I have at least that email contact. It's instant messaging that seems to be the death of my productivity...

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do much better without access to the internet when writing. So-- when I set my new office up I purposely put the internet out in the livingroom. The office is only for writing. No internet allowed.


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