Sunday, October 9, 2011
Writing and the Internet
Three important notions apply: 1. Color Screen Addiction; 2. The rat experiment demonstrating that the absence of an expected reward produces increasingly frantic performances of the conditioned task (rat pushes button frantically even though no reward appears; and finally -- a basic concept equally applicable to rats, adults and children: 3. Internet (and television) usage should be rationed or even prohibited while working. And while writing. If you're working on a long piece, don't look at the net before you begin or even during a break. Interacting with a color screen is rarely a creative act. Turn on the typewriter sounds and go go back to composing in Word. Better yet, order some new Palomino Blackwing 602 pencils and write your draft by hand, then retype it -- seems clunky, I know, but often it's the only way to get your focus back. If all else fails, start a chapbook and copy passages from your favorite and most inspirational writers for 5-7 minutes to reset your mind from "watch naked color pictures dancing on the screen" to "Write It Now."