Get it Done! What’s Your Best Tip for Sitting Down to Write?


Parnassus Books, an independent bookseller in Nashville, Tennessee, runs a prolific blog called Musing. They asked novelist and creative writing professor Jennifer Close to share her five best tips on how to reject distraction and focus on her writing. Among them, she cautions students that to write, they should avoid the internet to quiet their mind.

Stop looking at the internet!

My students at George Washington University are (obviously) younger than I am, which means they’re even more addicted to and dependent on technology. I get to sound really wise and old and righteous as I lecture them about not looking at their phones, and they get to teach me about Finstagram and other important developments on the interweb.

They try to assure me that they can still write while pecking away at their phones or taking a break to look at Instagram and I tell them over and…

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