Guest blogger H.L. Banks on productivity.
One of the hardest things I had to learn as a writer was to turn off the Internet and e-mail before opening my manuscript. On the third day of hitting the 'off' button, I realized how many hours of writing time I’d gained. I don’t want to miss speaking with my friends for too long, however, so I do the Internet thing in the morning, at lunchtime and at the end of my writing day (sometimes I send quick tweets on my break).