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Finally got some serious writing done..thanks to ignoring the Twittah

Very productive weekend on the super secret project. In and around 10k words written, which combined with some previous chicken scratch puts me approximately 15% into my target book length (and based on my outline sketch, that looks about right). It’s been quite a while since I was able to lay down some uninterrupted word count, and the main reason for this is my propensity to get sidetracked. I mean…ooh, squirrel!

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I made a conscious decision to NOT go on Twitter from the first seconds at the keyboard Saturday morning, until the first seconds this morning. I sent a tweet Saturday morning:

I think I’ll declare today #SilentSaturday (for me at least). Stepping away from my beloved Twitter and getting some actual *WRITING* done

And another Sunday*:

Yesterday’s no-Twitter #SilentSaturday worked out so well (over 6k written), I’m doing follow up:#SilentSunday. Bye Twitter, see you Monday

*Observant readers may point out that sending a tweet Sunday morning means I used Twitter during that 48 hour span, but I’m not counting that. And since this is my blog, nyah nyah nyah.

Twitter has been a godsend for relationships, help, support, and marketing. But it’s also been a time-suck at many points. I find myself typing a few lines in my WIP, sitting back to think about what comes next, and clicking over to Twitter. Big mistake. Putting it aside for two full days worked out better than I expected. And I didn’t even use my Sunday to its full potential (some family obligations).

Will I give up Twitter, the way I have Facebook? Probably not. That being said, I will most certainly do some non-Twitter days – well worth it.

Have you ever turned your back on Twitter? Could you?

 

9 comments

  1. shayfabbro - March 5, 2012 1:00 pm

    I actually find myself spending less and less time on Twitter. Between writing and day job, I just don’t have time! Something’s gotta give 😀

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  2. Robert "Sharky" Pruneda - March 5, 2012 1:18 pm

    I need to have a #NoTwitterDay. Maybe Fridays would be good since my timeline is usually filled with lists. I’ve fallen behind on my writing goals the past couple of weeks. I have to get the ball rolling again this week and avoid the distractions!

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  3. Lori DiNardi - March 5, 2012 1:32 pm

    I find my blog being a huge time-suck since I started 2 months ago. Ack! I keep meaning to get on twitter but I don’t need another think taking up my time. I’ll stick to texting. 🙂 Good luck with the writing.
    http://loreezlane.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/confession-from-a-novice-blogger/

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  4. Jarrett - March 5, 2012 1:34 pm

    My new job doesn’t allow me much time for social mediaing. I find that I miss Twitter the most. But by the time I get home, I just don’t have the energy to jump on. I’d rather spend that time with my wife, who’s actually in the room with me, and not avatars on a screen.

    Now that doesn’t mean I’ve become more productive. When I do get time to write I seem to spend half of it checking up on social media and blogs that I’ve ignored. I think a silent weekend is in order.

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  5. AJ Powers - March 5, 2012 6:23 pm

    Good points, Steve. I have eliminated Facebook, and although I am making a return on Twitter, it’ll have to be something I do when I am not writing. If it is up while I am trying to write, nothing will get done. It’ll take discipline, but it’s possible.

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  6. Jonathan C Gillespie (@JCGauthor) - March 6, 2012 12:57 pm

    I am only a very recent adopter of twitter, but I’m already learning just how powerful (and addictive) it can be. I like that you unplugged for a while, but I’d take it one step further. Every now and then, I literally sneak completely away from all wireless traffic. It’s good for the head — to clear everything away — and just reflect.

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  7. sydneyaaliyah - March 31, 2012 9:50 am

    After reading this Steve, I was so relieved. I really need to cut down on my twitter viewing and get back to writing. I just needed someone to tell me it was ok. Smile!
    You don’t have to be on it every day, all day. I have a busy week ahead and have set a goal of 1 hour of twitter per day. Wish me luck!

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  8. Caroline Gerardo - March 31, 2012 10:18 am

    Sending coffee, healthy snacks, a seat belt, and a tread mill to keep you on track.
    Don’t forget to hug everyone at home.
    Get the work done!

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  9. a2cmedia - April 6, 2012 8:09 pm

    I had a friend who has sent over 50,000 tweets, I went through and did the calculations, at 27 secs a tweet, that’s 21 days wasted on twitter. I put a site together here that does the calculations here if you are interested: http://bit.ly/twaste

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