October 21, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: Taking A Break

If you'll recall, we've changed up our format a little bit for these posts. Because we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters, we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

I'm one of those people who uses writing as a way to procrastinate all the things I need to do, even if those things actually involve writing. Writing is a nice place to go at the end of the day when I don't want to think about real life.

But sometimes there are days when I need a break from my break. Even if you're not under a deadline or writing for someone else to read it, you can still get worn out. So what do you do when this happens, and the end seems nigh? Never fear: Misfit Chessie is here with options!

Watch TV. Whoa, whoa, what? Yes. Watch your favorite TV shows. Or watch something you've never seen before. Watch movies, too. You don't even have to watch it to get ideas for writing. The best option, actually, is to do what most people accuse TV of doing anyway: turn your brain off. Don't analyze TV shows and movies for plot and characterization, just watch them to watch them. 

If you listen to music while you write, stop listening to music. I guess this one sounds pretty weird, too. If you're a writer who listens to a lot of music while you write, or if you listen to music to brainstorm, stop listening to music for a while. Just like everything else, we can get desensitized to music. When you come back to it, it will sound new and fresh, and might give you the flood of inspiration or motivation you need.

Exercise. Stay with me here. It's way too easy to live a sedentary lifestyle as a writer, especially now that we're coming up on the winter months. I'm not saying you have to commit to a weekly exercise routine, but if you're feeling sluggish and your brain doesn't want to give you anything good, do a half hour on the treadmill or elliptical. Do some push-ups. Get your blood pumping. (And no, coffee is not a viable alternative.)

Play games. Video games work best for me--they get me working my reflexes and distract me from everything writing-related. Right now I'm distracting myself nicely with Pokemon X, but usually I use Portal 2, which is long enough to keep me entertained even when I know how to beat all the levels.

What about you guys? What do you do when you need a break from writing? Don't forget to tweet your answer using the hashtag #MisfitPepRally!


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