Some tips about Facebook for better writing

Some tips to make Facebook less of a distraction when writing. Turning off Facebook is not going to help as in the back of your mind you will keep wondering if someone has posted something. That is why I suggest to:

1. turn the sound mode to new notifications off. Click the world-globe in the top bar where new messages appear, select settings and uncheck ‘Play a sound when each new notification is received’
2. turn threads you have commented on to help someone off. It is very likely nothing of your interest is going to be said there. Same world globe, and select the x that appears when you pass the mouse pointer over a message, and click Turf off.
3. Stop following ‘banter-threads’. I know this is a hard one as (what I call) silly fun banter threads are good to read, but at least this month you can spend your time more wisely. Any thread that is not really pushing you forward to write is just a waste of time really.
4. Stop scrolling through the message list. I know that’s how you found my message saying you should stop, but that’s not the point. Scrolling through the message list is actually looking for things to distract you, like baby elephants. If it doesn’t have to do with your story, then ignore it.

After all this, give yourself time every hour to check FB. If you are doing it right, you will only need about 5 minutes now to answer messages that are important. Once a day, preferably before you start writing, take half an hour to an hour to do mail, check for new FB posts and all that. Then sit down, focus on the plot at hand, and write.

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