Thursday, November 17, 2005

Day 17: Resting

It's been a tiring day (and, in retrospect, a tiring week), so I'm taking the night off from writing. One reason I've been trying to push a consistent word-count over the past week or so is I knew I'd want to take an occasional day off, so today I'm cashing in one of my "gimme a break" cards. So today's word-count and last line reflect what I wrote last night, not today.

When and how often do you need to take breaks from your writing? And how can you tell the difference from "real" weariness and mere avoidance?
Word count: 32,312

Last line: Love was a deep pool Alexa didn't want to wade into, for she knew its waters were deeper and murkier--and its floor more slippery and downward-leaning--than anything she felt prepared to face.


At 11/18/2005 8:50 AM, Blogger Devon Ellington said...

It depends on the project. Avoidance has a strange niggling, where I'm restless because I know I should be writing. Real weariness means I can take a nap or read a book with a clear conscience.

At 11/18/2005 8:53 AM, Blogger Lorianne said...

Devon, it sounds like real weariness doesn't have enough *energy* to make room for guilt, whereas avoidance is a nervous, jittery thing.

Last night I was just plain tired: there was no sense of "should" about it. :-)

At 11/18/2005 11:49 AM, Blogger Diana said...

I haven't felt that weariness yet, but after writing 3000 words in one long sitting yesterday I had an occupational injury: my eyes ached. They hurt all evening. I couldn't read or watch TV or do much of anything beyond lie down with my hands pressing into my closed eyelids.

They seem to be better today, but I've learned to space out the writing in 1000-word chunks. And I learned a valuable lesson; eyes are very important to a reader-writer. Baby them!

Hope you're feeling rested and rejuvenated, Lorianne.

At 11/21/2005 10:37 AM, Blogger Lorianne said...

Yes, I can't physically write much more than 1,000 at a spell...or 40 minutes, whichever comes first!

I'm learning to multi-task between computer & non-computer tasks. Forty minutes at the keyboard followed by about 20 minutes away, then repeat. That avoids the dreaded "screen face" (as well as the even more horrific "laptop lap") while also giving me structured time to do other things: grade papers, do dishes, etc.

Congrats on your 3,000 word day: it's a rush, no?


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