Writing on a computer is awful. Without discipline – in my case, at least – an effort to get out 1,000 words of non-fiction usually ends up consisting of thirty minutes of web browsing before writing, intermittent Facebook trips while tapping out a few hundred words, and a nice jaunt through Hacker News at the 750 word mark. I get the job done, but I know my brain isn’t doing its best work.
So what’s the solution? I’ve tried all of the distraction-free tools – OmmWriter, Scrivener and I even bought an Alphasmart NEO to pull myself away from the computer. None of them really worked.