Packing Heat 110: Spinning Your Wheels
Spinning Our WheelsWe all spin our wheels in different ways:
- Watching TV, especially compulsively watching hours at a time when you could normally take it or leave it
- Playing video games
- Checking email, checking email, checking email
Finding yourself doing some of these things when you think you'd rather be writing is a signal that something is up with you!
Only you know your own habits. It may be normal for you to decompress with a few hands of solitaire, but if you find yourself playing Minesweeper for three hours when you have a deadline looming, chances are you could be deliberately avoiding your task.
Is something going on in your life that's upsetting you? Some of us (me included) have a difficult time writing when we're feeling low.
Or does your story need to cook a little bit longer before you serve it up?
Your AssignmentIdentify the way you spin your wheels, so you can be proactive next time, rather than going into autopilot.
Think of a plan B and a plan C so that you don't fall into your wheel-spinning pattern so long that find yourself wandering a week later, dazed and confused, with 10,000 games of Minesweeper and a full season of The Biggest Loser under your belt.
- You might try a short walk to jog your creative juices, or a simple, "what happens next?" exercise
- If the writing's really not coming, you could have a to-do wishlist of tasks you've been meaning to handle around your house that will give you a good sense of accomplishment when you complete them
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