For my "I" post for the A-Z Blogging Challenge, I am paying homage to something I have a love/hate relationship with.
There's a quote floating around (and an accurate one, at that) that says, "Writing is 3% talent and 97% not being distracted by the internet." I would give credit for whoever said it, but I've seen it on Twitter from about fifteen different people, so too bad.
But it's true. The internet is a funny thing. It's a powerful writing tool. I can do research, look up publishing houses and agent information, find pictures for inspiration for my characters, find a geographical location for a setting, and get the correct spelling of words I should already know.
I can also screw around on Facebook, window shop on Amazon, sell my crap on eBay, download music on iTunes, check what Kim Kardashian is up to on Perez Hilton, look up awesome pictures to use for my blog posts (c'mon, you guys have seen the hilarity), and tweet until my fingers fall off.
That leads to a very productive day.
Of course I do all those things...but, I've learned that sometimes I need to remove myself. I will often pack my work up, laptop and all, and head to the nice library in the neighboring town. Sure, they have free WiFi, but having to keep it to a dull roar minimizes my urge to watch silly videos on YouTube and actually get writing done. Because, quite frankly, if I didn't have some measure of self-control, I'd never get anything completed. And my goal is to be a professional writer, not a professional internet surfer; though, if there was money in that, I might give it a shot.
I know some of you are wondering why I don't use a typewriter or hand-write more things. The answer is that I like instant gratification, and little patience for typewriters. Also, if you've seen my handwriting, you'd probably insist that I not be allowed to use a pen ever again. My husband tells me I need a translator, and recently I've taken to re-tracing notes I've made to figure out what some of the words are supposed to be. It's faster for me to use a computer, trust me on that one.
What is your strategy to avoid the distraction of the internet?