WRITING TIP: How to carve out the time to write

It’s hard to write on a computer — at least for me, it is a distraction machine. Author David Mitchell gives this advice for how to make writing a priority in the face of constant temptations to distraction:

1: Neglect everything else.

2: Get disciplined. Learn to rush to your laptop and open it up. Open the file without asking yourself if you’re in the mood, without thinking about anything else. Just open the file: and then you’re safe. Once the words are on the screen, that becomes your distraction. The moment you think okay, it’s work time, and face down the words, you rush past all the other things asking for your attention

3: Keep the Apple homepage, because it’s rather boring. If your homepage is the website of your favorite newspaper, you’ve had it.