Earlier this week, I downloaded Freedom and I've been using it every day since. It disables your internet connection for however long you specify. Great writing tool. Today I set it for three hours.
One of the toughest tasks of a writer is keeping your butt in the chair -- or at least keeping your eyes on whatever it is you're writing. Whenever I'm writing and I hit a spot where I'm not quite sure what I want to write next, or if I've got a complex thought I can't figure out how to word, I find myself reaching for the mouse to see what's happening online.
Invariably, nothing is happening online -- at least not anything that can't wait for me to finish writing. But still I go looking for it.
The temptation to do so is so strong that I've had to go to extremes to avoid it. In times past when I've had particularly difficult passages to write, I've escaped to small towns where there's no Internets to speak of, or to a Motel 6 off I-435.
But now, with Freedom, I can deprive myself in the comfort of my own home.