|"Pearl trap I" by János Csongor Kerekes via Flickr|
But I’m not trapped, I can hear you say. I’m reading a blog. This is part of my routine, part of my social networking.
Yes, yes, it is. Reading and commenting on blogs can be a vital part of a writer’s day. Of course non-writers read blogs like this one as well, but indulge me while I concentrate on writers because, well, I am one.
I know writing, for many of us, is isolating. It’s just us and our computer (or piece of paper, or whatever). Hence...the lure of the Internet and social networking.
Of course the Internet is a wonderful tool. I’ve researched and Google street-viewed places which would have cost me thousands to see in person. (Not that that wouldn’t have been pleasant, I admit. You don’t get ambient sounds in Google street-view. You can’t smell the delicate perfume which would be drifting toward you from the wildflowers popping through the hedgerows. However, you are spared inhaling the pungent odor of a fertilized field. But...I digress.)
And that’s the trap of the Internet; digressing.
Do you need to take that quiz and discover what kind of flower you are? Or which Harry Potter character? Or what colour? Maybe you do. I’m not judging you. But I suspect you’ve got yourself stuck in Internet honey.
Ahhh...honey. Let’s pop to a few recipe sites and see what we can find. Oh look, cake.
Get a timer and set it. Social network to your heart’s content - blog, comment, Facebook, tweet, pin your interests, whatever, until that timer dings. Then turn the Internet OFF. Set that timer again, open up your files and write until the ding.
How about you? What techniques do you employ to keep out of the Internet trap?
Have a great day, sweetie. Have cake - the recipes are out there. Trust me. I’ve looked.
Elspeth Antonelli is an author and playwright. Her murder mystery games A Fatal Fairy Tale, Deadly Ever After and Curiouser and Curiouser are among the top-selling mystery games on the Internet. All thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by host-party.com. Her newest game, Once Upon a Murder, will be published by Red Herring Games. Her 'writing sheep' are being featured this year in a series of columns in the European writers' magazine Elias. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Antonelli, Author.