Not only is the Internet a storehouse of valuable information, and social media a way to stay connected to your friends and loved ones . . .

. . . it’s also a time-sucking vortex bent on destroying your creative life and leading to guilt, shame and bewilderment.

I’m half-joking. And also completely not. We convince ourselves that we’re just going to check our email, spend a minute on Facebook, or watch a kitten do a backflip on YouTube.

But we don’t. We go down the rabbit-hole.

If you want a flourishing creative life, you must address this technology pandemic and accept that it is never going away.

Let’s face it. While beginning the process of writing a novel or screenplay is thrilling, it can also be scary. And so we reach for distractions. If you are truly addicted (who isn’t?) try the app FREEDOM. It blocks your Internet access for the period of time you set aside to write.

You can also check out the 90-Day Novel and 90-Day Screenplay workshops where you will be guided week by week through the process, and by the end of 90 days, you can go on Facebook and tell your loved ones what you just accomplished. Don’t worry, they’ll still be there.