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Writing Tip: Beware the Dreaded Distraction

Now this one is probably going to work directly against me since I am about to direct your gaze off of my page; however, this tip will work directly FOR you (which is the purpose of these tips), but be sure to read the whole think and “like”/comment before you sign off!

In our day, technology is a wonderful, magnificent part of life. With just a few clicks we can access a world of information, speak to friends across the country, and learn more about our colleagues than any high school reunion could accomplish. We can also join groups and promote our own work. As writers, and hopeful published authors, social media is a blessing through which we can market directly to our targeted audience. So don’t get me wrong, social media has a LOT of positive attributes.

However, social media can also be DETRIMENTAL for your writing. Let’s be honest, writing on its own is already difficult, but when we add in distractions writing becomes nearly impossible. How common is it for us to be writing and all the sudden our phone lights up. We think, “I’ll be quick. This will just take a second to check.” Well before we know it, we’re twelve cat videos in watching a bride stumble into a pool and wondering how we got so far away from our writing.

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So here’s the tip. Do your best to limit your distractions. Now I’m not saying to go off the grid and work in a bunker until you have finished your novel. What I am saying is this: when you set aside time for writing turn your phone on silent. Or if you really can’t help yourself, turn your phone on airplane mode so that no notifications come through to distract you. When that temptation to check your phone “real quick” rises, do your best to squash it. Those notifications, dog videos, and clowns will still be there later.

So today I encourage you to click LIKE, perhaps leave a comment, and then sign out, log off, or whatever else it is called and dedicate some distraction-free time to your writing.

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Happy Writing Everyone!

Get to your writing! 🙂

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28 thoughts on “Writing Tip: Beware the Dreaded Distraction”

    1. You’re welcome! Yup, trust me, I’m doing my best to apply this to my own writing. I try to give myself one hour to get on WordPress, update, and check out other blogs before I shut it down and work on my own stuff.

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  1. In my case, I had to get rid of ALL distractions, even writing projects that do not go with your purpose. Anything that takes your plan into a never ending detour should be tossed out

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          1. yes madame…it is a matter of patience….i am making terrific friends and contacts there….you are one of my best contacts since you are an exceptional blogger…

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  2. Thanks for the tip, KaylaAnn. When I find a quiet time, I will write as much I can and save it in a Word document. Then I have several pieces to choose from when I am ready to publish. Since I write for others, this helps me tremendously. Make it a great day.

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