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Writing Tip: Disconnect!
Written by
Maria Murnane
April 2018
Written by
Maria Murnane
April 2018

When I'm working on a book, I find that one of the hardest things about the process — in addition to coming up with what to write — is getting myself to sit at my desk and focus. "Focus" is the key word here, because once I let myself stop and check my email, browse Facebook, etc., it's amazing how quickly what I intended to be "a quick break" morphs into the whole day. Once I engage with the outside world, any creative spell I've been under is instantly snapped, and it's hard to get that back.

On the flip side, if I stay in the zone and ignore the lure of the Internet and my phone, it's amazing how much writing — good writing — I can get done in a short amount of time. It's like when Han Solo and Chewy switch the Millennium Falcon into hyperdrive. Suddenly, they're halfway across the galaxy!

So there you have it. Stay away from your devices to improve productivity. That sounds so simple, but I know it's not because I still have trouble doing it. (Tools such as Freedom will block the Internet for you if your will power repeatedly falls short.)

In a way, sitting down to write is like working out. You may have the best of intentions to do it, but actually working out means not doing something else, and the pull of the "something else" tractor beam is powerful. If you can get yourself dressed in your workout gear and out the door, that's half the battle. Actually, it's probably most of the battle. So think of disconnecting as the digital equivalent of putting on your workout clothes. Put your phone on mute, turn off your Internet browser, and get to work.



Maria Murnane writes bestselling novels about life, love and friendship. Have questions? You can find her at


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