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English 498: Senior Capstone - Jones: Writer's Block

Stop Procrastinating & Start Writing!

Tough Time Writing? You may need to unplug.

One Hundred Seconds of Solitude by Alex Mar (NY Times)

"Residencies have long been the writer’s last defense against the distractions of the outside world. But now the incessant digital static of the Internet, that irresistible force we live in such close, constant contact with, is setting the deep-immersion experience necessary to produce great works of literature against a constant barrage of information. Whenever the work becomes difficult (i.e. every 10 minutes), the Web is there with promises of more barely relevant factoids."  Read more...

Is Google Making Us Stupid? by Nicholas Carr (The Atlantic)

"I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle."  Read More...

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