Driven to Distraction

by admin on December 29, 2012

My New Year resolution is less time on Facebook and Twitter. And, even it it seems like a good way to sell more books, I think I’m going to forgo Pinterest. Why? Because social media is driving me to distraction.

I don’t just have less time to write, I also find that I lose the calm and clarity I need to be able to write from my core. Social media jacks me up, a little like too much caffeine.

Does that mean I’m giving up on social media altogether? No. It’s a wonderful way to stay in touch. I belong to groups that I really value.

But if I want to write from that calm, still, knowing place, I’m going to have to limit my social media time. Distraction is addiction, for me. I lose my center, become superficial in my thoughts.

I think of writers from times past: no television, no computers, no texting. Anthony Trollope was Post Master General, and wrote scores of thickly paged novels that covered everything from British politics to the Church of England. Virginia Woolf wanted a room of her own, not a thousand Facebook friends. And Jane Austen delighted us not by posting witticism on Twitter but by pouring her creativity into her novels. It’s dissipation of creative energy that I fear most.

Are you being driven to distraction by social media, too? Or does it actually aid your creativity? Love for you to share you insights as we learn to be writers in this multi-media world.

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Anne Courtney January 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Hi Mary:
Love this post of yours. I have been unplugged nearly everyday for 5+ years! I’ve loved it.
Silence is golden and is where the still small voice of God within is most easily listened to.


admin January 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Anne, thank you for sharing this. I do think that “still small voice” within is only accessible through the silence.


Joie January 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I don’t begin to pretend to know how to keep on top of them all. Google+ is the most confusing lately and rarely do I check in with Pinterest. Thanks for stating it for so many of us.


admin January 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Joie, yes–let’s not keep on top of them all. It’s better to keep on top of our own writing!


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