Every writer has an arsenal of tools in their writing belt, so to speak, which help them make their WIP great. One of the greatest tools a writer has at their disposal is the world wide web. It's great for researching, and the answers to almost all of life's questions are just a mouse click away.
The internet is possibly one of the worst things a writer can have access to. Writers are notorious procrastinators, and I myself am guilty of this sin more often than not. And what better way to procrastinate than by web surfing?
Sometimes I am a little slow on the uptake. At the writer's conference this past weekend, I had to manual connect to the internet. I didn't really want the distraction of the web while in the classes, and I realized something. I could eliminate the distraction by simply not connecting to the internet. This is possibly the first time in my life I realized it is possible to be on the computer without being online.
I told you I am a little slow. I attribute this to my children.
This realization--that you don't have to be online--has drastically changed my productivity. Now, when I get on my laptop to work on my WIP, I either disconnect the internet or pretend it's disconnected. I forbid myself from accessing the internet for anything, even a writing-related question. It's pretty much awesome.
I also learned about a writing app called Write or Die this weekend by Dr. Wicked. I am seriously considering buying it, because some writers whose opinions I value very highly swear by it. Time is something I don't have a ton of (who does, really?) and so anything to boost my productivity is worth a shot.