Years ago, in the days of typewriters (note to newbies: a typewriter was a device like a computer, but without a monitor, memory, or Minesweeper) writers could sit down at their desk and just write. Then, when they finished writing, they could write their next book.
These days, not so much. Temptations and other work-related activities abound for the writer. There are dozens of opportunities to slack-off without even getting out of your chair.
- Writing blogs
- Checking for replies on blogs
- Checking for replies to your replies on blogs
- Computer games
- Checking email
- Surfing the net
- Message boards
- Checking Amazon
And then there are the other requirements of the job:
- Conventions, conferences, and festivals
- Library and school talks
- Stock signings
And, of course:
- Other job
After finishing my 500 bookstore tour on August 22, I've managed to write 25 blog entries, visit 104 additional bookstores (I'm up to 608), do 19 events, and 7 interviews.
Writing? Who has time for writing?
Even when I do manage to sit down to write, the siren song of the internet calls, begging me to stop mid-sentence and research something, or check the blogosphere for mentions of my name, or catch up on my email.
So, in order to meet my 4000 word a day quota, I've had to get tough.
First, I don't automatically say yes to every speaking invitation I receive.
Second, I only turn on the internet when I take my breaks, every 1000 words.
Third, I keep working until I get my quota, even if that means I don't sleep.
When you're a writer, it's easy to forget the writing part. What are some of the things you do to stay on task?