With all due respect to the anti-drug message of the 80’s…

Just say no.

Not to your writing, of course,

But to the anti-writing forces.

stressed writer laptop camera

It doesn’t have to be this way.

But to the myriad of distractions that come with busy times of the year.

  1. Go for one focused hour. Preferably in the morning. [Srini Rao has nailed down this one-hour thing.]
  2. Internet OFF. You don’t need Google Docs to crank out your daily words.
  3. One device only–your productivity tool of choice. That poor shlub in the photo should can the camera. And that clapperboard? Really? It’s just begging him to leave the keyboard and make an annoying racket. [I’ll give him a pass on the coffee.]
  4. Music with lyrics? Not if you’re in a nix-ative mood.
  5. Still locked into multi-device existence, are you? The TV? Only one of those music stations.
    Otherwise, you’ll fall prey to the ‘Oh, I can do some drafting while the movie is running.’ ploy that the evil manufacturers have wired into the circuitry. [Talk about paranoid…]

Okay, that’s a safe and sane start. Let’s get a little more manic tomorrow…


Writer. Former teacher. Baker. Spoiler of dogs.


Virginia · November 26, 2017 at 10:05 am

Tim – how ‘bout Nike’s slogan: Just Do It?! (It being writing.) I remember those Just Say No ads. 🙃😜🙃

    TMH · November 26, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Yep, I like that even better. I think for me, it is at times more of a struggle with the distractions, so I guess that’s why I went with the Nancy Reagan quote. [Or at least I think it was at least connected to her.]

LittleFears · November 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm

TVs are the devil’s work for the productivity of any kind haha!

    TMH · November 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Quite true, LittleFears, and yet, I still find myself occasionally falling prey to its ‘mindless entertainment’ allure.

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