November 11, 2009

We've spoken quite a bit about the wonders of the digital age, from how it affects your own writing to how it can help market books to how it lets you connect with other tortured artists slaving away and being tortured while slaving away during torture.As I assume you're all aware (since you're spending time on this here blog right now), there are tons of distractions out there to pull you away from your writing. It's not just you, though. We agents can get distracted, too. For example, this is literally what happened as I sat down to write this blog post: I needed a picture. My first thought was to grab a screen shot from The Matrix of Neo with that big ol' plug sticking into the back of his head. While searching, I saw a photo of Monica Belluci, who appeared in the later Matrix films. Because I'm a sucker for gorgeous brunettes, I clicked on her photo (don't YOU do it! It's a trap!). Soon, instead of writing this post, I was looking at photos of a beautiful Italian actress. Simply unproductive, friends.Different people deal with distractions in different ways. According to writer lore, Pulitzer Prize winner John McPhee used to tie himself to a chair using the belt on his bathrobe. Suzanne Young, author of The Naughty List, recently chronicled her Twittercation (or Tweebbatical, as I would have called it) on her blog. When I need to get down to business and dive into a manuscript without worrying about emails, Twitter, or who was chosen as the cute puppy of the day, I turn off the wifi on my computer.How about you? Do you have to go to drastic lengths to get down and focus, or are you one of the lucky few who ignores Facebook, and blogs, and Youtube, and the wind blowing through the leaves outside and simply works?