Routineology – Maxwell Coviello

Facebook is the worst thing to happen to the writer. This is the first obstacle, the premier distraction, that I always must overcome before I can sit down to work. The internet is a giver and taker of creative output. 

That said, I am an idealist and optimist. I think technology will save us in the end. I ascribe to Richard Brautigan’s philosophy that the future will be “all watched over by machines of loving grace.”

The internet is my wellspring of inspiration. I am a spelunker in the user-edited abyss of Wikipedia, dispenser of all knowledge. If the internet and all of its miscellany were a physical store, upon entry I would make a bee line for the aisle labeled “weird and useless information.” Here is where I find the ingredients for most of my stories.

So that’s me. Word document open right next to Google. I am constantly fighting against the tug of the internet rabbit hole. And sometimes the best course of action is to turn off the WiFi and just throw myself into uninterrupted free form. Tune out, drop in, get off Facebook.

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