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Chart the Time You Spend Checking Email, Twitter & Facebook

How often do you check your email, Twitter or Facebook while writing every day? You might be wasting more time than you think.

In a thought-provoking web comic (embedded above), xkcd charts the time spent performing brief tasks many times over the course of a single day. For example, if you check Twitter for 30 seconds 50 times a day, you will spend a total of FOUR WEEKS on Twitter over the next five years.

Is it worth it? These are tough decisions that all writers must face in a world filled with digital distractions.

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Novel Writing: Editing Your DraftStarting July 16, workshop your novel in-progress with a published author! Erika Mailman's course will function as a workshop, with the emphasis on sharing your work for review and providing critiques for your peers. By the end of this class you'll have up to 75 pages of you novel workshopped and developed patterns to improve your writing. Register now!