Hey writers, it’s time to take a break from technology!

Goodness gracious me. When you work flat out on your writing for a significant period of time, or just work flat out in general, how easy it is to forget about the benefits of taking a break.

That’s what I did last week. I went to France and lived in a windmill for seven whole days. It was bliss.

It was fantastic partly because hey, I was staying in a windmill in France, but also because I decided to leave all technology behind. The only thing I took was my phone, which was used exclusively for music and the occasional game of Scrabble.

The effect of taking a complete break from technology (via Practical Opacity) was more dramatic than I expected. And in this episode I implore you to do the same.

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  1. Totally agree with you here, Iain. One side effect of constantly being online is that even when you’re not using Twitter, Facebook, email, etc. your probably thinking about it. A subconscious part of your brain is constantly wondering “what am I missing?”

    I recently deleted my Facebook account and I’ve unplugged from twitter and writing blog posts during the month of September. I have to admit, it’s been quite liberating and energizing. I’ve also whittled my Google Reader feeds down to only 20, so I don’t spend nearly as much time reading blogs as I use to.

    Unplugging gives your mind a chance to rest from the crazy world of social media and instant news updates, and allows you more energy to focus on other things. If anything, unplugging allows you to gain a bit of perspective on just how much technology consumes your day.

    Great post as always.

  2. That’s funny, I just posted about this too, but more in the context of a daily unplug:
    Great post. Fully agree.
    Where’s that windmill, just out of interest?

  3. Hi Iain,

    A few months back I kicked the Cable and Internet to the curb.

    I suffered from English Premiere League withdrawal for a bit but now, any time on the tube or the internet is quality time.

    I highly recommend unplugging even for just a week. It is completely liberating!


  4. I must immediately say, that the organic composition of a pen and paper, is a joy I never tire of partaking in. I love that you speak of the beauties and benefits of this act. Computers are wonderful in their own right, but at least for me personally, nothing can reproduce the catharsis, the creative reproduction, the inspiration that comes from having a notebook on your lap and a pencil (my utensil of preference) in your hand. Make the location on soft grass in a rolling-green park, and you’ve just made a perfect concoction of creativity. Love the post. :)

  5. hey Iain,
    Totally agree with you.
    Well, I did just that a couple of years back when I went backpacking across Europe. It was pure digital cleansing for 35 days! I took to writing day travelogue (http://makewayforjo.blogspot.com) in my journal and it was simply amazing.

    A lot of people were of the opinion that I should have blogged on the go, but it was a NO NO for me! This time away from technology helped me appreciate my surroundings, art and culture so much better.

    And last week I was off Facebook! And voila, suddenly there was so much time to read books.

    I think every writer should unhook from technology once in a while.


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