Distraction can be the number one enemy of a writer. And when you sit down on the computer to write, distractions are plenty. Check Facebook. Check e-mail. Do some marketing. Surf. Play a game. Organize photos. Defrag your hard drive. Do research for your piece. The list goes on. All these have their place, but when you’re really trying to write—just write—they can cause problems.
My solution, when this happens? Paper. Remember paper? And pens? And pencils? Yes, that old technology really helps when I’m having trouble concentrating. There are programs to black out all the but your writing screen or prevent you from accessing the internet for a certain time. But paper is a low-tech solution.
It’s also ultra portable. Paper works in a park, in bright sunshine, on a bus, all with no worries about electricity or battery life. It works on a beach with no worries of sand or water damaging it. It’s permitted during airplane take-off. And it’s very user-friendly.
The downside of paper is that you later have to transfer all your scribbling to computer. You can’t click and drag, cut and paste. It takes time. But if can easily make up for that in pure, distraction-free writing time to begin with.
Try it. You may like it.