The Organized Writer: Web-Free Writing, The Results

by Jeff Abbott on February 9, 2009

This experiment worked. I get more done with no Internet around. Shocking! So I’m doing most of my writing now on an nine-year old Apple PowerBook that has no Internet connection. (I started working an old iMac, but there were some issues in getting the data off it and onto my more modern machine, so I switched to the PowerBook.) Banishing the Internet from my studio has not created many problems–I was rather late (by my terms) in answering a couple of important emails. But that was certainly NOT the end of the world–and I realized, when did I decide I had to be at the beck and call of the world? I DONT (sorry for shouting). 

But I don’t have to be. And neither do you.
I didn’t miss having regular Internet access much after a few days. And I still checked in on email, just not as often (once in the morning before coming back to the studio, and then at night). I got research done at night, or with the help of my part-time assistant, who had more time available to help me.
It’s funny: I have a TV in my studio, with cable access, and yet it’s almost never on (except when my kids are in the studio because I need to watch them; oddly, I can still write with Spongebob on in the background). The TV’s not a distraction to me. I am surrounded by tons of great books. They’re not a distraction (and more often are an inspiration). I’m not sure why the internet specifically interferes with creative focus. But it does, so it’s in the corner, where it belongs when I’m trying to get a book done.
There is really not much more to say on this front. Stop reading my blog right now and go write something or read a book or do have fun, you’ll feel better.

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    Kristan February 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    “There is really not much more to say on this front. Stop reading my blog right now and go write something or read a book or do have fun, you’ll feel better.”
    Lol.
    I’m suffering from some other issues besides just the internet disruption — bigger ones, emotional ones — but I know once I get back on track I’ll be working sans-internet. Both you and a good friend of mine have been espousing its virtues, and my friend actually has been sharing her work and word counts with me. The numbers are astounding.

    Zoe February 16, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I am in the process of doing the same–having 3 useless Macs converted to one useful one without the internet.
    The blessings of the internet can often be an impediment to ones own progress.

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