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Post  Maggie on Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:25 pm

Ugh. So I've realized lately just how badly internet distracts me when I'm trying to write. O_O I would get SO MUCH more done without it! Maybe I should start switching it off?

What about you guys?

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Post  Amanda on Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:04 pm

I've tried that before, but every time I do, I end up having to turn it back on for writing purposes. I'm writing a fantasy that's supposed to have an Old World feel, so I can't use anything too distinctly modern, or with roots in something that my history doesn't have, like airplanes or guns. This requires trips to the etymology website, which, funnily enough, requires internet to work. It would really help me write if the internet was inaccessible, but that would limit my period vocabulary and random spurts of research just to keep my facts straight.

But if you're writing contemporary, or something that you've already done as much possible research on as possible, go for it! It'd probably increase productivity exponentially. Smile
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Post  Sarah on Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:12 pm

I have certain websites I go on (mostly blogs) and I check them in the mornings so when I'm writing, I might go to check them but there's never anything new on there so it's just like a few second break. I look at it as taking a short pause from the world that I'm writing, and I tend to need it if I do. (I'm like soo OCD when it comes to writing, if I start writing then I have to write at least 1,000 words before I go to sleep, which gets the novel done quickly but I spend wayy to much time writing). If your writing and then moving to the Internet and spending more than say 8 minutes on it, then maybe turning it off is a good thing to try, but I agree with what Amanda said too Very Happy
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Post  Amanda on Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:29 pm

Sarah wrote:"if I start writing then I have to write at least 1,000 words before I go to sleep, which gets the novel done quickly but I spend wayy to much time writing"
Sacrilege!!! There is no such thing as too much time writing! Razz
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Post  Sarah on Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:38 pm

lol, you're actually the first person that's ever said that, my family would strongly disagree. I love writing so much, and I don't write very long, like if I'm really in the zone I can write about 2k in an hour, so it's not too much time Very Happy
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Post  Maggie on Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:45 pm

@Amanda I know exactly what you mean about research! I write fantasy too and I'm always looking up words and history and info (like once I had to look up info on old ships, and old castles ... things like that).

@Sarah Man! I wish I could get so far in the zone that I write so much. I have to be so careful not to let myself burn out so I usually limit myself to a chapter at most, and make sure I have a cliff hanger so I'm excited to pick it up again. For me, I've dropped so many projects I'm always afraid I will drop what I'm working on at the moment. O.O

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Post  Sarah on Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:25 pm

I've stopped a project for a week once because I just stopped in the middle of a boring part, but I've never completely stopped doing a project before.... Hmm, I think it's because I tell everyone in my family that I'm writing a book and it will be done by a certain date, so I can't ever really stop a project
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Post  Maggie on Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:03 pm

I am intensely jealous of that skill. And yes, it's a skill! Can you teach me that? Wink

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Post  Sarah on Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:07 am

Yep Smile alright, step one: find a very important person that you respect a lot. Step two: tell them you're writing a novel. Step three: tell them the date it will be done by. Step four: offer to give them the novel on that date. Step five: write Smile

It's very stressful, but at least it holds you accountable and you can't not finish it after that. Very Happy
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Post  Maggie on Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:00 pm

LOL! "It's very stressful" -- oh, good!

You're right. I will get my sister to hold me accountable. ^^

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Post  Sarah on Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:15 pm

lol, at least I was truthful right? Very Happy

and yay! Now you have to finish it Smile
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Post  Shahira on Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:43 pm

Internet really makes it difficult for me to write too. Twitter has been taking over my life lately! I NEED to get away from it lol. I'm in desperate need of a LONG road trip so I can actually get something done. Either that or I'm thinking of taking a trip to the lake so there'll be no internet access. :]
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Post  Maggie on Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:01 pm

LOL Shahira! Yeah, a lake sounds PERFECT. Or a road trip. I need to get out too, actually. *sigh*

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Post  Shahira on Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:46 am

The lake does sound perfect. Now I'll need to go there soon lol. I'm at home WAY too much. Shocked
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Post  Maggie on Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:14 am

Ha! Me too. And if I'm not home it's because I'm doing something not-so-fun like working or going to class or running errands. :\

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Post  AWriterGoneMad on Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:54 pm

You totally got this from me, didn't you, Lizzy? Smile (Yes, I'm still writing like mad today. Just taking a quick break.)
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Post  Maggie on Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:17 pm

xD

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