the tragedy is, professional writers are particularly susceptible to distraction because their imaginations are one of their main tools of the trade. Their job is to write; their instinct is to explore, to slake their need for variety and novelty. They want to play: it’s how they do.
So pity them. With ‘Net-enabled computers, they’re like reformed pyromaniacs doing a day shift at a gas station, then an evening shift at a library…and they’re issued with their own complementary jerry can.” —The Write Idea