Why Writers Can’t Disconnect From The Internet

Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time researching crazy stuff… If I ever get in trouble with the law myself, like so many of my characters do, I hope I think to trash my computer, iPad, smartphone… oh hell, forget it. I’ll just have to explain that I’m a writer! I’ve looked up too much law, asked too many questions, and have otherwise looked up too much totally illegal stuff to be anything but a writer.

Then there are those times when the email icon pops up or a short break turns into an hour of surfing that is writing time lost forever. I know how the writing Hufflepuff feels in her post here. If you’re a writer, you’ll probably see yourself in it too.

The Writing Hufflepuff

Why writers can't disconnect from the internet

The Internet. A glorious place, yet also very dangerous as it will distract you from your writing and before you know it you’re taking a Buzzfeed quiz about what kind of dragon you are instead of writing about said dragons (do they have a quiz like that though? I must take it…).

So our non-writer friends ask us: why don’t you just disconnect from the Internet? Well, my dear non-writer friends, here’s why:

Sometimes when you’re writing you’re wondering how something works. Or if it’s even possible

Google can be (one of) your best friends while writing. Sometimes you need that pie recipe, or the rules of tennis, or how long it takes before someone dies when hit by a *insert weapon* in *insert body part*.

I say while I Google that third, more ominous option (though I’m actually more like ‘I’M A WRITER DON’T ARREST ME’)

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About Anne Hagan

I'm an East Central Ohio based government employee by day and a fiction author by night. I specialize in mystery fiction featuring lesbian sleuths and cozy fiction featuring women sleuths. I also dabble in romance especially romantic lesfic. I live with my wife and our dogs in a tiny town that’s even smaller than the Morelville of my first fiction series and we wouldn't have it any other way. My wife grew up here and she has always called this little village home. Though it’s an ultra-conservative rural community, we're surrounded here by family, longtime friends and many other wonderful people with open hearts and minds. My wife and I are the co-owners of a commercial haunted house: Hagan's House of Horrors. Much as my dream has always been to write fiction, hers has been to create it through the medium of horror. We went full commercial in 2015. Watch us as we grow!
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