Friday Writing Exercise: Turn it off! 2 Comments

Friday Writing Exercise: Turn it off!

I’m easily distracted. Especially by the internet.

That was a test. If you clicked on those links you’ve already failed.

Sometimes it’s good for research, but if my Wikipedia browsing habits are anything to go by, research can go for such a long time that you forget what you were even looking for.

get shit done

In this writing task you are to completely ignore distractions for thirty minutes. If you have enough self-control to simply disconnect then you’re off to a good start. If you need a bit more help, try this (or this). Turn off your phone too.

Now sit and write for thirty minutes. Every time you think about what you could be missing, add a minute. Every time you worry about what will happen if someone tries to call you, add another minute. Try freewriting for the first few minutes, to get in the right frame of mind.

If you get stuck, that’s fine. The important thing is not to be distracted, even thirty minutes spent thinking about writing is bound to be more productive than thirty tumblr hours.



Rafael’s (23) purpose is to give people glorious stories to tell. Some have appeared in dotdotdashGoing Down Swinging and The Big Issue Fiction Edition. He also competes in poetry slams and giant-sized chess games. Graduated from RMIT’s creative writing program in 2012, he often wonders what he’ll do with the rest of his life, but the answer’s always the same. Writing and falling in love.

  • luna

    That ‘s a great idea, I will try doing it and see how it goes. Procrastination seems to have taken over our lives, it’s a shame really. Let’s turn it off!

  • Gidget

    Does getting to the end of this article and writing this comment mean that I failed too?

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