Writing In The Digital Age

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So, I’m writing that book. Twelve chapters down and twelve to go. My deadline? Two weeks. Now, I’m not great with math, but I’m pretty sure that’s not an enviable situation. Perhaps my method of writing is the problem. It goes something like this…

Walk the dog, make the lunches, pack the bags, get the kids dressed, drive them to school and come back home.

Open up the computer and write a sentence.

Suddenly, see an e-mail alert. Know I should ignore it, but what if it’s important? It would be irresponsible not to at least check it.

See that it’s a Groupon. Maybe not vital, but certainly time sensitive. I debate for five minutes if saving thirteen dollars at a restaurant I’ve never planned on eating at is worth it. I decide that, indeed, it is.

Purchase the Groupon.

Tap nails on the keyboard while waiting for the credit card to clear.

Crack a nail. Dammit.

Head upstairs for nail file and pass a towel on the floor.

The towel reminds me that I have laundry in the washing machine which needs to be dried.

Put laundry in dryer.

Empty lint tray.

Take lint into bathroom to throw away and glance in the mirror. Shit, when did my eyebrows start looking like that?

Pluck. Pluck. Pluck.

Study face. Is that really what I look like?

Note to self: Invest in some wrinkle cream, STAT.

Wrinkle cream is expensive. Need to make money. Ahhh, the book. Have to write the book to get the money. Crap.

Go downstairs and stare at previously written sentence. Doesn’t seem so genius upon reflection. Delete it.

Write another one.

And another one.

Watch me go! I’m in the zone.

Another sentence.

Was that noise my stomach? Yes, it was. Suddenly, I’m starving and can’t possibly concentrate.

What do I want to eat? Maybe I’ll go on to Twitter for some lunch ideas; I haven’t been there all day.

Log onto Twitter.

Get sucked into the Twitter abyss for 15 minutes. Head starts to pound. Need food.

Make a turkey sandwich and use the last slice of bread.

How do I need more bread already? Jot down a note to stop at the store on the way to get the kids.

Check the fridge and pantry to see what else we’re low on. Quite a bit, it seems. Rewrite list on larger piece of paper. Bread, milk, paper towels, laundry detergent and Cheerios.

Stomach again.

Need drink with lunch. Open soda. Put can into recycling and notice it’s overflowing.

Take out recycling.

Notice plants are dying and water them, reflecting on what a terrible idea plants are for a mother of three.

Sit back down at the computer with soda and sandwich.

Realize it’s been five days since  last blog post.

Attempt to start a post.

Nothing.

Go back to the chapter.

Nothing.

Check Facebook.

Check e-mail.

Check confessional.

Check community.

Comment, delete, delete, comment.

Bounce between post and book for nearly an hour, completing neither one.

Notice that it’s time to leave to get the kids and I missed my window to grocery shop. How did that happen?

Still have no chapter, no blog post and now no food.

Vow to be more productive tomorrow.

Repeat.

Repeat.

Repeat.

Lord, help me.

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  1. 4

    Chelsie says

    I practice what some in the writing world call BINCFOK, which sounds vaguely dirty but really isn’t. BINCFOK (butt in chair, fingers on keys) works well around deadline time, especially when I allow myself little rewards for making word counts.

    Good luck! We know you can do it :)

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    Stephanie says

    You’ve got 12 chapters done already. You will get through the rest. My days are painfully similar – distraction after distraction. I don’t think mothers of 3 should have plants, either. I’ve got two potted mums outside clinging to life. They look awful.

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    Lady Estrogen says

    HAHAHA – Oh my gawd, that totally nailed it.
    I am the procrastination Queen.
    Unless there’s only 48hrs to the crunch time, I’m hopeless. But in my defense, I shine under that pressure. (Or at least I’d like to think so)

    4 week deadline? WHAT THE EFF AM I TO DO WITH MYSELF? Seriously? Eyebrow plucking it is.

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    Carrie with Children says

    This is my life every day.. “oh I’ll just check Twitter (or something else on the computer) really quick and then get back to the laundry.” Thirty minutes later I’m still on Twitter.

    SO super excited to read your book…

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    Kimberly Hosey (Arizona Writer) says

    Hey, your writing method looks eerily similar to my magazine-article-writing strategy. In what I’m sure is a totally unrelated point, I have a constant recurring nightmare involving nothing but deadlines and editors who hate me.

    I tried looking up “How to be productive” and “ADD writers” one of the times. It was counterproductive, shockingly.

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    sweet_archangel says

    That’s pretty much my day too, but instead of writing a book, I should be writing essays.

    Also, I’m a mum of two and have tons of plants that are doing rather well. Considering not having that third kid atm, lol.

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    Carolyn (temysmom) says

    And despite all the distractions, you will STILL manage to pull off those last 12 chapters and produce a fabulous book that you’ll let me review and your publisher will be forced to do a second printing as soon as the first run is hot off the presses.

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    Sharon {Grumpy, Sleepy, and Bashful} says

    12 Chapters down, that is nothing to sneeze at (and then blow your nose, and realize you need to empty the garbage, and then notice the floor around the garbage needs vacuuming . . .). Congrats, and keep it moving! Just think, the pressure will be off in two weeks!

    Good luck!

    sharon

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