Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

From Locus Magazine: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction:

  • Short, regular work schedule
  • Leave yourself a rough edge
  • Don’t research
  • Don’t be ceremonious
  • Kill your word-processor
  • Realtime communications tools are deadly

Read the whole piece for the thoughts behind these items of advice.

There are equivalents for programming that come to mind. I wonder, am I sliding back into Emacs a task at a time because I want to kill my word-processor (my IDE – Eclipse?)? Is that why Netbeans is starting to appeal to me (seemingly less work configuring (playing?!) with IDE settings and concentrating on the task at hand)?