Found this buried way down deep in my Inbox as one of those articles I wanted to share and forgot in the influx of emails. I guess better late then never. 😀

One Handed Writers

I recently wrote a blog post on The Top Six Ways to Procrastinate as a Writer. As you can imagine, it referenced a lot of internet related items like Facebook and Twitter. I thought it might only be fair to balance this with some ideas to get busy and productive.

1. Disconnect Your Router. Seriously, I have done this on more than one occasion. Turning off the connection at the computer is not enough. You must unplug the router from the wall and count on the fact that the internet and all your email will still be there when you plug it back in later. This will make it tougher to quickly jump on Twitter to type that one tweet. Doing this leads you down a slippery slope. It’s a few keystrokes from typing a tweet to checking everyone’s status on Facebook, reading your email and browsing the…

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  1. Ruth Ann Nordin July 6, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    I love every season but winter because when it’s warm outside, I take my laptop out while my kids play at the park or pool. This forces me away from all the distractors, and I can write much easier. Fortunately, I just discovered an indoor place where kids can play, so this winter should be easier with getting writing done.

    I also found checking emails from new people or people you know are argumentative are creative killers so the best thing to do is to save those for the end of the day or (as I’ve been doing lately) once a week. I have to now reserve all questionable emails/blog comments for a certain time of day. As for Twitter and Facebook and Google +, I might go by once a week. I’ve noticed no real advantage of using these places except to communicate with your readers. It’s not a good way to reach out to new readers. So I answer questions or comments my readers have for me and do nothing else on those sites. I will, however, share a blog post. I love blogging. For me, blogging opens my creativity (for others it might be draining), but when I talk about my books or interview my characters, I actually find it helps me with my writing so I might start the day off with writing a blog post. 😀

    I still think nothing promotes an author better than a free book. It saves a ton of time in promotion and allows me to do more writing, but not every author wants to do free so I’m not telling anyone to do it. Just saying in my experience, it’s worked the best and saved me a ton on time so I can write.

    BTW, this comment is from the two posts linked to: one on procrastination and the other on defeating it. Both were great posts.

  2. williamkendall1 July 9, 2012 / 11:54 pm

    I’ll go into labs to write where there’s not ready access to everything online- it cuts down on the sort of things that become distracting.

    • Stephannie Beman July 11, 2012 / 11:59 pm

      I wish I had that luxury. Kids are sooo distracting. 😀

  3. Barb July 13, 2012 / 7:52 am

    I find most of the recommendations work. I haven’t tried the timer, but was considering a counter on my blog, so I’d have to publically post progress or lack of it. I’m with Ruth on not checking FB, or the blogs or Twitter too much. It’s a real time eater. One more thing that works for me…I light a candle when I’m writing. When anyone in the family sees the candle lit, they know not to talk to me….especially not to ask pertinent questions like…when are we gonna eat?

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