Wednesday, 19 October 2011

How Urgent is Your Need to Write?

I had my internet connection sabotaged on Monday and have since found it to be the greatest inconvenience I've had for a while. I say this because it has affected my ability to write more than I thought it would. I don't spend all my time surfing my broadband, procrastinating when I should be writing, but it is always nice to have it there at my finger tips should I want to reference something inbetween my creative sessions.
I can cope without the internet reasonably well on most occasions. When I moved house two months ago I accepted I wouldn't have broadband for at least two weeks and I was perfectly okay with that. No one could help the situation and that was fine. But Monday's situation was completely different. We had an engineer out to fix a minor problem with our phone and I stress it was only a minor fault. The engineer fixed it in no time at all and everything seemed hunkydory or so I thought. That was until I switched on the computer  and found no connection what so ever. Nothing with my laptop, either. I was cross when I realised what had happened but not so furious as I am now because no matter what anyone does - nothing will fix it and it seems I'll be in a broadbandless situation for ever more!
I accept somethings cannot be helped but I have a strong feeling this situation wouldn't have arisen if the engineer had known what he was doing in the first place. My usual routine consists of spending a portion of my morning writing, then going online to do some research or marketing, or whatever I feel like doing, then back to writing in the afternoon. Now with no internet connection, I am struggling to fight my irascible mood on who I would like to hit the most, to actually concentrate on writing anything at all. Now if I want to use the internet I have to walk forty minutes each way to my Mum's house - time spent walking when I could be working on something else more important.
I also like to have breaks inbetween going online and I have found that I absolutely cannot stand having to spend a chunk of time solely for internet purposes. I find myself wasting time because I have to battle with my concentration and I am wasting time inbetween sessions when I love to work all day.

Now it's time for you to moan... Has something happened in your writing life recently that has left you as annoyed as I am?

3 comments:

  1. I feel your pain. I recently started a new story and was rolling right along, all the way to the third chapter. I took my time, developed a great outling, had all my characters in my head, but still stalled. After nearly two weeks of whining and throwing little tantrums, it finally dawned on me that I had not fully developed the character I was trying to introduce in chapter three. I had an epiphany last night and hurriedly put together all my notes for this character's background and, thus, motivation. I'm writing about it at my website today.

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  2. We just had the engineer out upgrading our broadband to the fastest we can get and he also replaced out old modem with a top-of-the-range hub. Internet connectivity is important to both my wife and I. The irony is we’re both from a generation where the was no Internet to go down. I wrote my first novel on a computer, yes, but all my research was done in the local library. I enjoy the power of the Internet but it does come at a price. I would miss it if it went away but I think I would cope better that a lot of younger writers who view the Internet not simply as a tool but as a way of life. I find that side of it intrusive and although it’s a necessary evil if I want to get read I seriously wonder if the handful of readers I pick up along the way are worth the huge amount of effort involved. So that’s my moan for the day.

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  3. Interesting point Jim. The internet has only just recently come about but a lot of people can't live without it. My Dad used to love the library for research purposes but then he moaned that he couldn't find a decent book as the library was full of internet boffins all surfing online.

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