How not to get distracted while writing

If you are a writer, you know how hard it is to not get distracted by the internet. Author Nicole Hatfield shares a few tips on how to NOT get distracted while trying to write.

Nicole Hatfield iconI wanted to write a blog that gave great advice on how to be a better writer. After thinking on it and watching the cursor blink, over the last hour, I realized I don’t have any incredible advice that will work for everyone. In fact, the only advice I have to give is a fairly long list of things that will not keep you motivated. But for the sake of keeping my word count at a reasonable limit here are my top two. Let’s call this blog “Things To Not Do, Watch, Or Think About When You Should Be Writing.”

I start every writing session with good intent. I sit at my desk with my laptop, headphones, and whatever playlist I have chosen to get me in the mood. I open my laptop, poise my fingers over the keyboard, and wait for all the creative juices that I know are just under the surface to hit me. The white screen in front of me holds so much promise because I just know that any minute I am going to start typing up my next great masterpiece. Look out J.K. Rowling, here I come.

J.K. Rowling. Didn’t I just read somewhere that she has a new book out? It won’t take but a few seconds to google that, then I can stop thinking about it and the creativity will flow.

This leads us to the first item on my list. When you’re trying to put pen to paper, google is not your best friend. Google will scream your name at the top of its cyber lungs until you have no choice but to look something up that has absolutely zero relevance to what you are doing in that particular moment. Just say no to google. At least long enough to type a few sentences.

What happens during your (my) google search brings me to my second item. YouTube is a rabbit hole that will suck you in with no remorse. You will find yourself on YouTube because you clicked the video that features the characters of some book in an epic rap battle (You Know, while looking for that new book). Totally important that you watch that, right? You might never come across it again. Thirty minutes and six videos later you realize you have yet to write a single word. Time to buckle down.

So now you’re serious about getting some work done. Nothing is going to stand in your way.

I’ve listed a couple of the culprits that put up roadblocks but I have no advice on how to actually avoid them. I’m sure if I sat at my computer and concentrated, I might be able to say something that will help motivate you and myself to actually get some writing done but my phone just notified me that there is a Pikachu nearby.

In short, writing is hard. There are so many distractions all around us but in the end, knowing that someone else is getting pleasure from reading something that you created is the most amazing feeling.

You can tell me all about the distractions in your life or show me some love for my novel at or on twitter @Author_Nicole_H.

About Nicole

Nicole Hatfield is a wife and a mother of 3 amazing children. Realizing her life long dream of being a published writer, she started writing chapter by chapter on an internet forum and soon Abduction was born,

Connect with Nicole: Facebook | Twitter.

Abduction Nicole HatfieldTitle: Abduction by Nicole Hatfield
Genre: Romance / Suspense


Audrey Green’s life was going nowhere fast. She didn’t think things could get any worse until a stranger at a door proved her wrong.

Mistaken for another woman, Audrey is abducted and thrown into a situation she thought possible only in the movies.

Upon discovering the identity of her gorgeous yet arrogant captor, Audrey is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: Fight for her freedom… or stay and be rewarded.

A simple choice with a huge reward.
Easy decision, right?
Or will her choice and her captor’s secret ultimately lead to more danger than she could ever be prepared for?

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