Ian McEwan Switches Off

“I think it’s very important for novelists to maintain a bit of uncommunicative space, a bit of private space where you’re not constantly connected.” So opines Ian McEwan in an interview with the Daily Beast to promote his latest novel, Solar. McEwan goes on to confess his wariness of technology - he doesn’t tweet, he isn’t on Facebook, he only emails and he’s only sent three text messages in his life, and that’s with predictive text turned off. He doesn’t have an iPad although he likes his Sony ereader. He often has his mobile phone switched off: “The idea of being rung at any moment again seems to me against the necessity of white noise of thinking that is not going to be interrupted at any given moment.”

On a similar theme, local writer Megan Blandford has blogged about her need to switch off. She concludes, “I think I might schedule an offline day each week.”

What do you think: do you need downtime from the online world to write well? Or do you thrive on the stimulation of Twitter and Facebook?

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