I know from personal experience that a flooded email inbox can seriously disrupt your writing process.
Author and software expert Jill Duffy just published Get Organized: How to Clean Up Your Messy Digital Life, so we asked her for some pointers about keeping email under control. She offered this advice:
The most important way I keep email at bay is to not believe that email is too important. The more we believe that email is “crucial,” than a life-changing opportunity might be buried somewhere in that inbox, or that we are letting down every single person who is awaiting a reply, the more email gets us. Being in control of email is so much about letting go. In the grand scheme of things, email isn’t that important. You don’t need to tend to it all day long. You can delete messages—you don’t have to save everything.