When I have a Bad Writing Day – and let me tell you that I have them ALL OF THE TIME – I can go barmy very quickly. Barminess is not fertile ground for good writing. So I’m offering a series of tips from my own personal experience to help you with yours. Take what you like and leave the rest…
Tip #3: GET INTO BED. (Your own.)
In my last blog I suggested you get into bed with your characters, as they’re the ones who should be telling the story, not you.
Today I’m suggesting you get into your own bed and – it’s as simple as this – have a good old kip. Here’s why: it’s been my experience that the key to solving a writing dilemma is seldom to throw more writing at it. Walking away from it and getting a little respite works much better for me. Every single time.
And yet it feels all wrong to simply get up and walk away from the computer when trouble strikes. You are not allowed a break! My head bellows, outraged. Your deadline is approaching!
BOLLOCKS! The human head was not designed to spew out original content hour after hour, day after day. Just like yours, my brain is finite. And sometimes it needs a break.
Not a long, self-pitying ‘my life is pointless’ hibernation; I’m talking a short power nap here. It takes a leap of faith to let go – I think we writers are naturally inclined to try to write our way out of crises – but it’s been my own personal experience that an hour-long snooze has enabled me to leap in a sprightly fashion out of even the darkest of literary holes.
And with that, I’m off to bed. A storyline in my current novel is driving me insane and guess what? I’m hopelessly tired. I’ve taken this leap of faith enough times now to know that it’ll work.
I’m just going . . . to . . . mmmmmmmmmmmmzzzzzzz
*I hope I do not need to clarify that I am not stoned in this picture. Just sleepy.*