Saturday, January 24, 2009

Dealing with distractions

Novelist Cory Doctorow wrote a great article about how to deal with distractions (family, internet, research) when writing. It's full of great ideas that are both practical and do-able.

Cory talks about keeping a short (20 min) regular work schedule; leaving a 'rough edge'; suggests that you don't research when you should be writing (and includes a great idea for replacing 'the facts' with a marker in your text that's easy to find and replace later); advises not to be 'ceremonious'; not to use a word processor and to to turn off your real-time communication tools (emails, instant messaging etc) during your writing time.

Well worth a read!

Sound familiar? Nikesh talked about this article at the knowledge sharing night on January 14th; find it and many other useful articles at The Shack.

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