Blogging; Distraction while writing

Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet.”


I wouldn’t give such a low percentage to talent. I think it is at least 50% and avoiding distractions is 50%.

It’s true that anyone can write. And we all do write all through our lives. School work, college work, laundry lists, grocery lists…… so on and so forth. But good writing is something else entirely.

For writing well we need to have a clear idea of what we want to say, use simple language and then write it so that anyone reading gets our meaning in the first reading. KISS- Keep It Simple Stupid!

As for avoiding distractions, it is easy enough. If you’re logged in to many social media sites, keep the notifications on mute till you are writing. It never does to keep on checking your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts while trying to concentrate and write something good. You can always go back later and check your social media accounts.


Written in response to Blogging Insights-NF # 61, hosted by Tanya



108 thoughts on “Blogging; Distraction while writing

  1. I agree with you. We are writing through our lives. We have financials, families, and other things to think about. I would probably give talent a little higher percentage (like 55%). For me though, I’m more distracted by my thoughts than the Internet.

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  2. I’ve started writing again and someone suggested doing it in 15 minute increments. That way you are entirely focused on what you’re writing, not winging off to check on something else

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  3. It is almost tough for me to concentrate on a particular thing, I mean I can’t even get a thing done without getting worried about what I’m gonna eat for lunch, why the music is so loud at the nextdoor neighbor, what people will say on what I write, what if I’m commiting enough grammatical blunders already…etc. Such thoughts keep on wandering in my mind although, I could get a thing done once I feel like there are so many people participating. To summarize this, I can’t stay focused on my own and I need a person or people to keep me on the balance.

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  4. Exactly Sadie, social media is a distraction these days because everyone apparently is there. I agree with the mute option that makes it easy to focus at the task at hand.

    I don’t really mute notifications but I ignore them till I am done writing and publishing my blog. Thanks for the tips dear friend, have a productive week🔥🔥🔥😊🙏

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  5. All true, Sadje. When it comes to writing, I believe the stillness in our lives helps bring out our creative abilities. For me, I need my environment to be as quiet as possible – no radio, tv, kids or other distractions that cause my mind to drift. I do leave texting notifications on in case someone needs me but emails and Facebook can wait until I’m ready to take a break from writing. They will still be there hours from now; my thoughts may not be!

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  7. Totally. Focusing/working/writing without distractions presently is equally challenging to the usage of acquired skills.. I have been a victim of distraction.. And that is always ending up in postponement of my blogging.

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      1. Quiet difficult to make time for it. Writing is happening only with consistent tryouts to stay away from distractions. I even wrote a few stuff closer to this point but I haven’t finished and yet to publish. This is how things are going.

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  8. Glad I got a KISS reading this. Simple in my perspective is writing like talking to yourself. I do that a lot and makes writing fun instead of like a chore. I can write anywhere, anytime and on anything as long as it starts to itch. Thank you for the reminder.

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