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Arms NOT Raised in a V ROW80 Update

My Goal: ??????

It might be time to adjust my goals again because these spurts of awesome followed by stretches of nothing are frustrating.  Yeah, we’re just over a month into the challenge, but I really thought I’d be on a more solid schedule by now.  In my quest for the truth, I may have found the culprit.

The internet.  *Cue creepy organ music*

We’re all aware of the internet vortex where time moves faster than it does in our reality.  It’s pretty pictures and interesting words grab hold until you realize the sun’s come and gone a few times over.  Sometimes, the interesting words ask for your opinion and you can’t help but get in on the discussion.  And the links!  Those magical wormholes that zip us to fantastic places we’d never have found on our own.  Yes, the internet can time suck like no other.  Most of the time I think I’m being productive, but it’s not getting my book written any faster.

So I was thinking about taking an internet break probably because Susan channeled the idea to me, but not a total disconnect.  For now I want to try staying off Saturday and Sunday except for stuff like email and carving out large blocks of time Thursdays and Fridays when I’m off from work.  Maybe THIS plan will work more consistently.

We shall see.

Have a better week than me?  Or just want to commiserate?  Please, be my guest.

And the linky.

Info Stuff- Follow my ROW80 progress (or lack there of) every Wednesday and Sunday and for the month of February, Tuesdays and Thursdays will be devoted to my Love series.  Eight loves that have shaped me into the writer I am.

Also if you missed Amy Rose Davis‘s guest post, give it a click and learn why she loves fantasy so much.

20 comments on “Arms NOT Raised in a V ROW80 Update

  1. I know what you mean by the internet sucking time away. For me it’s the emails. I’ve been on a subscribe kick and it’s dragging me down. 🙂 I swear I check two emails and five pop up in the mean time. I can definitely see why folks disconnect.

    I think I might flip the internet switch before I go to bed so I can pretend there are no emails when I wake up in the morning.

  2. hehe Damn the life-sucking black hole that is the Internet. Late last week I was doing awesomely with writing, but this week I’ve hardly got anything done at all (though that was because of life in general, not because of the Internet).
    Better luck to us both next week 😀

  3. Yes, I know exactly what you mean. It can be a real time sucker. Staying off on the weekends sounds like a good place to start.

  4. I think that’s part of my problem, too, Andrew. I may set aside certain internet free days. Checking email would be excluded, of course, because there may be something important there. Zoe Winters seemed to have a lot of success with writing when she stayed away from the internet. So it might just be a good idea for most of us to take time off from time to time.

  5. Yes, the Internets are glorious and EVIL. They can drain your day before you’ve even had a chance to think, “Huh. So, I haven’t moved in four hours.” I think taking some time to disconnect on occasion is good. I’ve been trying to do that more and more, myself. Good luck, and I hope the time off the Web leads to more productivity for you! 🙂

    • I think the key will be getting what I have to get done BEFORE I click the seductive internet browser. It’ll take nerves of steel because the dang-blasted thing is so bright and clickable.

  6. *Shakes fist at clickable links*

    Yup, I definitely need to do this more often. I spent the weekend mostly internet free and I didn’t even die. *Nods*

  7. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, too–mostly in regard to Twitter and Facebook. It’s tough to figure out where my time is best spent when I’m looking for an audience. My weekends are nuts with kids and such… I just need to be more careful about keeping my weekday writing time sacred.

  8. I decided to stay off line until 4:00 during the weekdays in an effort to teach my son how to better use our time and to make sure everything that needs to get done for the day gets done, rather than put off or rushed through because we spent too much time online. It’s actually proved to be quite beneficial and less stressful. As a result I’m spending less time online and find myself not rushing to go online at 4:00 but continuing to read or write or do the treadmill.

  9. Ditto for me. So many links to follow! I’ve heard about doing a media fast where you stay off all email, internet, radio, tv, etc for one week. Never tried it though.

  10. I know that I do far more writing if I don’t have the internet on. Now that I’m on Twitter it’s even worse. I thought Facebook was the ultimate in time-stealing, but Twitter rules. All those links people post, just screaming to you to give them a purpose in life and to click, click, click away…

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