Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tip # 1: Don't Go Near The Washing Machine

Many of the friends I email with daily are writers. Near and far.
We take breaks from our work to share our writing highs and woes. As if we were all in an office together,  separated by cubicles. Not the distance
of hundreds, or thousands of miles.
Today my friend Ellen in Tucson reported she was stuck, trying to maneuver two characters into the same room.
I tossed out some suggestions...then added, "Get up from your desk and walk around the house a few minutes. That always helps me. But don't go near the washing machine... or any large appliances."
I added this warning because, if she allows herself to veer towards household messes, she may never get back to those wandering characters. If you give a mouse a dust rag, he's going to ask for the vacuum. Well, some mice.
I don't have time for a long blog today, but wanted to pass on that writing tip.
And also this article of even better writing tips from greater minds than mine.
There is some sage advice here for any sort of work requiring perseverance,
creativity and running the marathon, not the 50 yard dash. (That covers
a lot of us, not just writers, right?)
Hope you find these thoughts as worthwhile as I did.


Betty Hechtman said...

It is so easy to get sidetracked when you take a break from writing. My five minute break turns into hours.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I like your idea, Anne, although I've got no trouble walking by, and definitely past, any large appliances! But a walk, or better yet a bath, gets my subconscious moving and solves a lot of writing issues for me.