Sunday, July 4, 2010

Staying Away to Stay on Track

by Leann

First of all, happy July 4th! America rocks. On to my problem now.

I love my online friends and the Internet--the discussion lists, Facebook, the instant news, even watching hurricanes on Doppler. For me, who spends a majority of time alone, the online world keeps me connected. But these things are a huge distraction and could probably best be called Procrastination Alley.

To finish the book I am writing, I have had to scale way back on interacting online. It's been tough, especially when the ideas aren't flowing well. It's so easy to log on to the World Wide Web (does anyone call it that anymore?) and forget my problems with the characters. This bunch I'm dealing with in The Cat, The Lady and The Liar are always arguing--with each other and apparently with me. Sheesh. So easy to turn them off. Too easy. Added to that, I have chronic pain issues and nothing works better for me than distraction.

The withdrawal from the Internet has eased enough that I am getting the work done, but I have never had such a problem staying away as I have this time around. What about you? Does the Internet keep you from getting things accomplished? Does it sometimes strike you as just a little bit evil? Inquiring minds want to know!