The computer has revolutionized our world and our work habits, blurring the traditional workday.
The good is that for writers, it allows you to work anytime, anywhere. Internet usage is up all over the world, including a staggering 600% in Latin America. The bad? You work all the time.
Day or night, it seems, you log on, and you (and thousands of others) are surfing the 'net, checking and rechecking emails. We are endlessly writing.
Five Good (and Bad) Ways the Computer Influences Your Writing
The Good: You have to promote your book. Online chats, news groups, blogs, book groups, social sites, these are all good ways to promote.
The Bad: I've discovered, too, with publication of Searching For A Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery that I'm doing more online. It takes the whole morning, it seems, to blog, check emails, write messages, tweet, etc.
The Good: Being online allows you to "meet" other writers, share ideas, etc.
The Bad: You can spend too much time gabbing instead of writing.
The Good: You can find information on practically everything online, or someone in one of the newsgroups or a social networking site may know the answer.
The Bad: You can easily drift off into other areas since there's a wealth of information to read.
The Good: The computer can be a lifeline for the writer who often is working alone all day. Interacting with others keeps you from becoming the Howard Hughes of fiction (or nonfiction).
The Bad: On the other hand, it's too easy to sit there all day and never move. Health-wise, you need to not only have ergonomic equipment, but also be sure to get up at least every hour to let the blood circulate in your legs. Go to the gym to exercise. Take a walk. Play with the dog. That scene may be going well or you want to do the next, but it's not worth your health. Always be sure to take a break or schedule them in.,
5. The Work Week
The Good: Writing can be energizing, fulfilling, and fun when it's going well. The computer can make your job easier. You may, and do, work seven days a week.
The Bad: Don't work seven days a week. That novel won't be created in seven days, so have a day of rest. Enrich your soul in church, revive your spirit outdoors.