It’s no secret that I love wasting time on the Internet, but like many writers, my web surfing gets in the way of my writing. As I have several major deadlines looming over the next year, I need to look away from Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, and everything else. I’m a pretty strong-minded person and thought I would be able to ignore the tempting Internet on my own. How hard can it be to stay off the Web? Answer: extremely difficult!
While writing, I found myself clicking over to my email or checking a friend’s status on Facebook. The next thing I knew two hours of valuable writing time were gone. Two hours I could never get back!
A fellow author and friend, Macy Beckett, mentioned she was using Freedom, an Internet-blocking software just for writers. At first, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. For one thing, my aging laptop can be very irritable when I load new software on it. Also the wireless network in my house is not top of the line. I was afraid if I blocked my wireless signal, I’d never get it back without some tears and a call to the Geek Squad.
However, I was desperate to get some quality writing time in and signed up for the trial. I downloaded the software and set the first time period for fifteen minutes. Within that short amount of time, I wrote 200 words.
After the software notified me that the fifteen minutes elapsed, I clicked on my browser and crossed my finger. Firefox started up immediately. That was all that I needed to make a decision. SOLD! The best part is the software only costs $10!
Here’s a link to the company’s website if you’d like to learn more.