What do you do when you’re not writing?
This question is, of course, aimed at writers. If you don’t write or have an interest in writing or writers, then this post won’t really appeal to you (or this blog for that matter but that’s besides the point). I know we’ve previously covered procrastination (P week’s going to be interesting!) but this post aims to address the opposite of procrastination. No, the other opposite, not actually writing. I’m talking about distractions from your writing that are helpful for peace of mind and inspiration.
Here’s a checklist:
– Reading: This one is important. Stephen King once said “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time (or the tools) to write”. It’s completely true: without analysing current writing trends and ideas, then how can your own writing grow?
– Exercise: The key to a healthy mind is a healthy body. Go for a walk, be inspired.
– Eating: Eat before you write, the energy will help you concentrate. If anything, it just avoids another avenue of procrastination.
– Drinking: I find it helpful to have a drink to hand while writing.
– Unwinding: Watching television, playing video games, making paper aeroplanes – let your mind unwind and relax .
– Social Interaction: Talk to people. Meet new people. Spend time with people you know. Stories have characters that need loose traits from people you know, right?
– Sleep: Optional.