Monday, October 7, 2013

Well, Huh!! Or Well, Duh!

My normal view as I write.

This post is an apology of sorts. Yesterday Rocker Son and I were talking about those online programs that are designed to help writers concentrate. Downloading the programs will lock you out of the Internet so you will be able to give all of your attention to writing without any distraction.

But (as I roll my eyes) to PAY to NOT have Internet access just messes with my head. Have we come to this? Really? In our conversation I scoffed at such silliness.

And then, today I needed to write a new parenting post for a client. The idea for the post came to me during the night last night and I knew where I wanted it to go, but was having trouble getting started. 

So much calmer with this view.

So I did a little NO-COST experiment. I simply enlarged the writing screen to cover my whole desktop. AND it was the weirdest thing! I nearly felt my HEART RATE slow down and let myself take a deep breath. It was crazy the difference that little change made! I am impressed with the power our eyes hold over our mind and emotions. I was able to quickly and cleanly write exactly what the client needed in record time. 

So I am not sure who I am apologizing to. But I will no longer roll my eyes at the theories regarding visual distractions for writers. I did turn off my Internet connection during this exercise too, so that I would not hear the email notifications etc. We all get so accustomed to the little beeps and bzzz's and have no idea how much they pull the mind away from center and focus. 

Know what? I love being a writer! I learn something new every single day. I am meeting amazing writers and taking steps closer to my dream all the time! I am so thankful to Father God for this crazy, challenging, beautiful adventure!

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Yep! I can't write if I have a lot of distractions, and with my dyslexia, I have to have everything "just so" or my brain short circuits LOL

    And I keep the sound off LOL Unless the earbuds are in and the music is turned up too loud.

    You are doing great! Keep going, your writing career is making it up that hill :)

    1. Thanks TJ. Step by step. Actually TURNED DOWN a writing job today! Woo-hoo! Ha

  2. I think there's a free version of that lock-the-Internet app. There may also be a version that lets you lock certain sites, like Facebook, for a while. I'll see if I can find a link.

    When I'm writing copy, I usually use the computer with the Internet open for research, etc., but when I'm writing fiction, I hand write in a notebook to avoid the electronic distractions.

    1. yah when I write copy I do my research separate from the writing and I put all the research bits on Mac Stickies along side the open blank doc and pull what I need as I write. But then I've always stayed online too because I have to embed links for some of my clients.

  3. Oh the internet-- the bane of my existence. Today when I was doing my Artist's Way exercise, it said to list our favorite creative blocks. Yup, the internet was the first that popped in my head. So what am I doing here?! ;) Glad you found a way to make it work for you!

  4. When I'm writing stories, I use Scrivener, and none of that is online. I have to make a concerted effort to "go over to the internet." I also usually have my speakers on mute, therefore no blips or bleeps to distract me. I use the internet too much for research, dictionary, etc., to lock myself out of it.

    Great way to trick your mind, Susie! And that's the first time I've seen an Apple screen. I was like, "What program is she using?" It looks busy and complicated!!!

    M.L. Swift, Writer

    1. Mike, it only looks busy because I've made it that way. The colored squares are Mac post-it notes, Iove them, as you can see. Ha!

  5. It sure it crazy easy to get sidetracked. When I imagine what could be accomplished if only a writing application was running...makes me aware of how much time I waste


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