Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tired of Writing?

By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Writers Magazine   

Do you ever get tired of writing? I mean the type of tired you just don’t want to write another word.

It’s okay if you admit it. A lot of writers get to that point sometime in their writing career. Especially if juggling writing with a full-time job, family, home, community, church, promotions, and deadlines. Sooner or later, everyone gets tired.

Yes, a vacation would be nice. But sometimes, you can’t leave, you feel stuck.

One of the most important things a writer can do when tired of writing is to close the computer (or put away pen and pad) and quit for the rest of the day.

I find it helps if we do something for ourselves. What do we enjoy? Maybe a picture show, a bubble bath, or a walk.

Whatever it is, do it with the intention of being present in the moment. Look around, appreciate what we see. 

When we do go back to writing, schedule frequent breaks.

My office is upstairs, so I make a point of not bringing food with me and if I bring anything to drink, it is a small cup. Then when I want something, I must get up and go downstairs. This gives me a much-needed break because truth be told, I could sit at my computer all day and write.

Even when I go downstairs, if I feel tired, I will lay on the couch for twenty minutes and rest my eyes.

If I can’t get my mind to shut off, I turn the TV on and choose the game channel. That gets my mind off writing and I find myself trying to answer the questions. It’s a great break.

Sometimes when I am tired, I find my writing a tad dry. What that says to me is I need to fill my well. I do this by reading some of my favorite authors. Within a few days I find my well filling and I start wanting to get back to my writing.

I hope these ideas help you if you get tired.

Happy Writing!

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