Writer Stephen Elliott spent a month off the Internet and away from email. How does one survive?? Find out here, in this article from Poets & Writers magazine.
Incidentally, Stephen Elliott is the author of an amazing—and amazingly disturbing—novel in stories called Happy Baby. If you’re working on linked stories, I think this book is a great model to examine. The form is crucial to the outcome and the end result doesn’t feel like a bunch of stories jammed together by the writer or an ambitious agent and deemed “linked.” (But beware: the book is quite graphic…and the title is highly ironic!)