Why The Internet Is a Plague (For Writers)

by Jeff Abbott on September 16, 2008

The LA Times writes about the destructive force of the internet on writers’ concentration. I have heard this from so many writers, and it’s true. I worry even that information workers of all sorts, not just writers, are losing the ability for sustained concentration. I haven’t reached the point of asking my wife to hide the router and the cellphone but it’s not a bad idea.
And now, back to the rewrite. Internet, begone.
Via Sarah Weinman.

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    Meg Gardiner September 17, 2008 at 3:49 am

    That article contains thoughtful words from Jeff VanderMeer about unplugging from the net so you can concentrate and write. Of course, when he went on hiatus Jeff convinced other writers to fill in for him on his blog. Including me. Gah! What was I thinking?
    Actually, sitting in for Jeff was great. But now I’m going back in my own writing bunker to revise my new novel.

    Helen Ginger September 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I totally agree Jeff. I have been thinking that same thing lately. I’m finding my day is consumed with the Internet, between blogging on my own blog and a co-op blog, 3 listservs, Twitter, visiting other blogs and on and on.
    Need to cut back, for sure!

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