Remember when I said I couldn’t write in clutter? Well, I’ll add to it. I now believe the people who tell you not to write on a computer connected to the Internet. Because writing doesn’t happen. Facebook happens.
I used to say I couldn’t write without music on, either. Now when music is on, I can’t hear myself. I get so caught up in the next song, and then the next one, I forget the next word and then they stop altogether.
And so, I’ve started to switch the computer off. The office is set up with my desk, and Sarge’s desk, our laptops and his printer. And I write in the living room or kitchen. In a notebook, a real one with pages and lines. I’m currently writing in three real notebooks. I write every day, and my writing day starts when I switch the computer off. There is now a difference between writing time and typing time. The longer the computer is off the more there is to type when I switch it back on.
Try it. The Internet will still be there when you get back.
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