Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Even if I’m on a deadline, it happens. And it usually happens like this:
1. I go to my writing place and set up
2. Fire up my laptop and open word doc
3. Write a few sentences…
4. Hey, I got an email!
5. Check email.
6. Check Facebook.
7. Check Twitter.
8. Starting writing in doc again
9. Oops, my phone went off. Got a text. I MUST check.
10. Yay! Another email.
So of course I’m going to give a suggestion-Turn off your distractions! If you’re like me and the internet is just too tempting, then go to a café that doesn’t have wi-fi so you’re forced to write. And leave your phone at home. Or on silent.
But if you’re also like me, you might need to do a little bit of research on the internet, or ask your online writer friends for some pointers. And that phone-what if you HAVE to make an emergency call? My phone is a double threat because I automatically get emails too, so what if I get a super important "must read now" email from my agent or editor? Not like that’s ever happened, but just sayin’.
Maybe I’m better at making excuses than getting rid of distractions. But I still make my deadlines on time and I work well under pressure, minus all the stressing and freaking out.
Well, maybe I should start to work on some of these habits. Now if you’ll excuse me, I just got an email….
at 9:37 AM