Author Comforts: Finish a Section and Take a Break

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Dr. Evil Meme

I used to be able to write nonstop for hours.  Then my fingers got old, my mind got wander-y, and my energy simply didn’t hold up like it used to.  I’m not talking about the brief moment where you flex the fingers or have to make a mad dash to the bathroom because your bladder has had enough with ‘one more paragraph’.  (And people wonder why I don’t work outside of the house.)  I’m talking about a point where you can pause and let your mind gather itself for another marathon.  This could be a chapter, chapter section, or anything that has an end to it.

I do a 10-15 minute break between chapter sections when writing and sometimes when editing.  With editing, I try to push to the end of a chapter before I take a break.  It really depends on how long it’s taking.  The challenge is that I know it’s a bad idea to toss on a TV show since those typically run 30-60 minutes.  That’s if I stop at one.  So, where do I go to relax?


I’m betting you guys thought I was lying about that on Monday.  There are a handful of video series that I just grab random episodes from to relax and get a good laugh.  I never get bored of these things for some reason:

  1. Zero Punctuation–  These are highly entertaining video game reviews that I must have watched 2-3 times each.
  2. Jimquisition– I watch this through The Escapist and it’s about video game opinions, news . . . whatever.  I fell out of gaming a while ago, so these two sites tend to keep me somewhat knowledgeable of what’s happening.
  3. Honest Trailers–  This is a fairly new one to me and it basically makes fun of movies.
  4. Warp Zone–  I just like the skits and music videos these guys do . . . which is pretty much everything.

So I just randomly group a few of those videos to watch while I relax and think about the next section I have to write/edit.  Do you do anything like this or is straight writing until slumber?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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23 Responses to Author Comforts: Finish a Section and Take a Break

  1. elainecanham says:

    yes, I spend a lot of time fossicking about on Youtube, and looking at stuff in my reader…hey, what am I doing here?


  2. Dominika says:

    Usually, I bring my writing gear with me, to the bathroom, for those mad dashes and keep writing while there. Yes, this does look odd if it isn’t at home. Sometimes, it looks odd while at home. If I’m taking a break between writing, and not a sleep-orientated break (sleeping is an unfortunate break from writing), I usually listen to music, but sometimes I’ll check out short videos too. My attention span does better with music for whatever reason.

    Zero Punctuation and Honest Trailers are great. Off the top of my head, I like drunken tech review, epic rap battles… uh… random cat videos, of course.


    • I couldn’t get into the epic rap battles for some reason. I tried, but I kept wandering off after a minute.

      I do the bathroom thing at home, but I’ve never been able to do that anywhere else. Mostly because I’m thinking of public restrooms and I’m not brave enough to try that. It probably doesn’t help that the majority of the actual book writing is on a laptop.

      I always have music playing while writing. I can’t focus too well in total silence or when people are talking around me.

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  3. So… you’re basically saying that your mind has been wandering a lot lately, and you don’t want others to do any writing in the meantime. Therefore, you’re passing on youtube links in the hope that our minds will soon wander, too.

    A cunning plan, m’lord, but I’m on to you. That’ll never happen to me! Never!

    Ooh, look at pretty kitty…

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  4. What Nicholas said… 😀


  5. Taking a break to do e-mails and Twitter doesn’t seem like a break but it’s the best I’ve got.


  6. Reblogged this on Kentucky Mountain Girl News and commented:
    KMGN: This post made me smile.


  7. I’m a stare off into space sort…music vudeos are a must.


  8. excellent. taking a walk, movies, occasional t.v. (currently watching a mega series called Davinci’s Demons, highly recommend it) and reading for me.


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