We’ve been on vacation for over a week now…and the first week in Williamsburg was pretty much internet free for me. I’ve gone without the internet before. At the beginning of the summer I tagged along with my husband to a conference in the middle of nowhere, South of France. The wireless supported 30 people and over 150 mathematicians were in attendance, so I had no chance of internet access. Since I was at the beginning of my revisions for the novel, it was actually fantastic…like a writer’s retreat for one. Got up, had breakfast and coffee, wrote. Had lunch, wrote. Went for a walk, wrote some more. Was my productivity the result of an internet-free existance or a kid-free vacation?
This past week my kids were omni-present, but I still managed to get some work done. I think the lack of internet did more than make my computer exclusively a writing-machine…it also freed up my mind from some of the static it can pick up from the television, radio, websites, etc. Sure, I wished I had the internet to check in w/my friends and favorite blogs and to double check some facts (Is the place where the bullets go a chamber or a cylinder?) but I put in an * and moved on. When we got to my parents’ house, I checked my facts and finished up…and I think my work was the better for it.
I think the internet is an integral part of the writing life and building a community in this day and age…but there are times I need to do the actual writing “old-school.”
Are you a paper and pencil writer? Do you turn off the internet to get your creativity flowing? Or are you as comfortable writing online as you would be doing a write-in or writing in a coffee shop?