November 1st is here, which means, there are only two months left in the year. Time to me is a funny, and yet a scary thing.
Just yesterday, I remembered last New Years, and now this New Years is fast approaching. Last month, I blogged about how I wanted to focus on writing. Sadly, some things came up, and I didn’t finish the stories I wanted. However, instead of doing NaNoWriMo, I decided to do a catch-up month.
This month, my goal is to distance myself away from Social Media and work on my stories. Of course, I will still update my WordPress site. However, the longer I’m on the internet, the more I feel Social Media can suck our lives away. As writers, we need to build up our presence online, and to do that takes a lot of time. To me, social media is a beast who always craves more. It’s never satisfied – it needs new content every day, all day.
And while I don’t mind writing non-fiction articles on WordPress, I do miss writing fiction. Fiction writing is my passion. I want to get better at it, but it’s hard to improve my craft when I’me easily distracted with the internet. So today I have tips for how to break away from social media when writing. These can be applied to both general writing time and writing for NaNoWriMo.
Turn off your phone
I know this one sounds strange, but I have a habit of picking up phone calls, checking text messages, KIK, Snapchat, etc. When I do that during writing time, I then find myself checking emails, going on websites and more. The best thing for me is turning off my phone and leaving it in the car. It’s a distraction that can pull us back into the dreaded, social media 😛
Put on music
Some people can write with music and some can’t. For me, good movie soundtracks and anime music puts me into the zone. Once I hear a good track, I can write for hours. I advise movie soundtrack music, instrumental music, or anime soundtracks. Anything that can calm you down and get those juices following.
Disconnect from WiFi
This one is standard. While you are working on your laptop, computer or tablet, turn off the WiFi. Just do it!
That’s all for today! Now…
For our NaNoWriMoers
Are you still catching up, or are you doing NaNoWriMo?
(Thanks to everyone who voted on my poll! It was helpful.)