Thought-Provoking Thursday Week Three

Hey Fans, Friends, and Fellows,

So you know that moment when you’re writing, and you can’t think of the word you want or maybe just can’t remember how to spell something, or you need to look up one specific fact. Whatever the reason, you open an internet browser, and you look up the thing you wanted, but instead of closing the browser, you get sucked in and waste a bunch of time. This whole time your work in progress is crying because, at this point, it has severe abandonment issues. This crap happens to me all the time.

Half the time, I don’t even realize I’ve lost my flow until it’s too late. (It’s never too late to pick back up writing; I’m just a drama queen.) Anyway, the point of my rambling is I’m trying to break myself of this bad writing habit. So far, I’d committed to using an app called Forest to keep me off my phone and iPad. It is an app meant to keep you from touching your devices for a set amount of minutes. It costs $2.99 on the App Store, but there are free equivalents. (Spending the money motivates me to really commit to using the app.)

Taking my phone and tablet out of the equation only helps so much, though. So I’m looking for other tips that help people focus. If you have a trick that works for you, let me know about it in the comments.

Writing Prompt: Are there any distractions that get to your character every time? Write a piece about your character resisting or otherwise dealing with distractions.

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