Like anything else you need to do, distractions can cause you to lose your time to write. The worst part is writers now favor a word processor on their computers over writing by hand, which poses a dreadful dilemma: Should I check my email and Facebook first? The Internet is the enemy to all productive types. It's handy for research and taking a look at real-time trends, but sometimes we research more than we need to. And by research, I mean we roam around the web aimlessly, absorbing snippets of information and entertainment.
In light of the paradox, writers have developed many well-known ways of tricking themselves into writing, like writing where there isn't internet, blackmail (usually a defaming snap shot from a long night), or even leaving threatening or motivating sticky notes around their monitor. There are even cool places to write and brag like 750 Words. But today I want to introduce you to another option. I'm not getting paid to promote this idea, but I think it's interesting. It's earning your internet each time you write.
You can have your internet back, right after you finish your writing.
For those who need a little more discipline, I suggest Blockr. This site works much in the same way as 750 words - that is, you have to meet a certain word count each time - except for it blocks your Internet browsing capabilities until you meet the word count. However, this is completely up to you.
You can switch off the time frame, word count, and block anytime you'd like. When you go to turn off the block, though, maybe it might make you consider why you've passed on making progress with your writing.
If you want to give it a shot, I found a preview page for you to look at. This is just another trick in the writing arsenal. Which ones have worked for you?
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.