NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #2: Media is a No-No

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It will be tempting to go see Skyfall, but it will be in theaters for a while…at least past December.  Get to writing!(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s tip is a warning.  If there is one thing that can quickly waste my time as a writer it’s media.  I know you are reading this blog right now, but I will be quick.

This month, James Bond will celebrate his 50th anniversary in film with Skyfall starring Daniel Craig.  Rick, Carl, Darrel, Laura, and, yes, Merle (shudder) will continue on their adventures in The Walking Dead.  Ralph will Wreck It.  But this is not of your concern.  This is why people invented DVR’s.  If you do not have a DVR like myself (or cable for that matter) the networks have websites where they air their fine programs for free for 48 days before taking them down off the website.  Wait until December and watch them then.  If you work a day job like me, coming home and wasting time watching television or going to the movies will only cut into that coveted six hour window I wrote about yesterday, in which you will only have to write about 230 words an hour.

Why stress?

Cut. Out. The. Media.

Good luck!

Published by Roger Colby, Novelist, Editor

Roger Colby is a novelist and teacher who has taught English for nearly two decades. He is also an avid reader of science fiction who feels, like many other sci-fi readers, that he has read everything. He writes science fiction for the reader who is looking for the next best thing, something to excite them into reading again. This blog is his journey as a writer and his musings about writing. He also edits manuscripts for a fee and is an expert at helping you reach your full potential as a writer.

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #2: Media is a No-No

  1. So true! Media is such a time waster and very addicting!

    Roger, speaking of media, I have some Interview slots open this month and wondered if you would be interested in answering some questions about your writing and your books? Since your second one just came out, it might be a way of getting the word out to people who don’t already follow your blog. If you don’t have time, though, I certainly understand. 🙂

  2. My pda glitched during sync-up with desktop and lost 900 of my words on Day One…I am in the depths of despair and having to hit 2000 words per day for the next 3 to catch up! Stupid NaNoWriMo!

  3. I agree! I get on my computer, intending to write then I think, “Why not just quickly check in on my blog/Amazon/Huffington Post?” And then I look up, three hours have gone by and I’ve written NOTHING. And furthermore, having done all that cyber-loafing my brain is fried. So yes, great advice!

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