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:
- Zero Punctuation– These are highly entertaining video game reviews that I must have watched 2-3 times each.
- 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.
- Honest Trailers– This is a fairly new one to me and it basically makes fun of movies.
- 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?