12/2/10 – Reverb Writing Prompt #2: Writing

Prompt: Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

Author: Leo Babauta
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Ha! This is an easy one.

THE INTERNETS!

Both my reason for living and the bane of my existence. It’s so easy to get caught up in reading blogs, catching up on the amusing sites I like to peruse, updating facebook, playing silly games. When I actually do start writing, if I need to do a little research, it’s right at my finger tips! I don’t even have to write! I can research all day.

This is definitely something I should be able to change.  I am not sure about eliminating it, but I can cut waaaay back on the internet usage when I am supposed to be writing. I think it’s best to write and make notes about the things that need to be researched, rather than researching on the spot & losing the chain of thought in writing anyways.

However, knowing that a thing is possible and actually doing it are two different things, aren’t they? The internet is an endlessly fascinating place, and there are always new things to read.

I think this calls for an action plan!

I think step #1 will be clearing out my google reader to those blogs that are truly interesting to me, those that are valuable (i.e. canning & gardening blogs), and those that don’t make me angry!

I’m not sure what step #2 will be….I’ll have to think on that & update throughout the month.

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