Writing in Self-Imposed Confinement

This part of an article about singing naked and other rituals of creativity {guardian} caught my eye:

Writing rituals, like all fetishes associated with creativity, are intrinsically interesting. Jonathan Franzen attracted a lot of attention when he described writing The Corrections in a state of primitive solitude. According to Time magazine, “Franzen works in a rented office that he has stripped of all distractions. He uses a heavy, obsolete Dell laptop … Because Franzen believes you can’t write serious fiction on a computer that’s connected to the internet, he not only removed the Dell’s wireless card but also permanently blocked its Ethernet port.”

I don’t think there would be another way to be a full-time, self-employed writer—and physically blocking your computer’s internet port is brilliant. I’d imagine he’d also have to leave his phone at home, too…