Hello, writers! Today I have a fun post for you ~ these are all the weird things I do while I write 😵 Because we never just sit there and write, do we? We fidget and fight the urge to procrastinate and imagine new ways to add conflict to our tales.
1. Stand Up Every 30 Minutes
I have a 30-minute hourglass on my desk that I turn, write-write-write, then as soon as the green sand empties, I stand up. I stretch and pace for about 2 minutes, then sit back down.
This prevents my lower back from hurting and keeps my blood flowing.
Yep, if you’ve been having low back pain or needles in your legs, you need to stand up more often. Though it may look weird, it’s a simple solution to a painful problem!
2. Pace and Say Things Aloud
This I do while I stand for 2 minutes. Killing two birds and all that. While I get my blood flowing by pacing, I stay focused in my story by saying things aloud.
Reading dialogue out loud can help you see if it flows naturally and at a good pace.
Because although you can write an entire paragraph of dialogue, your character may suffocate without breath while saying it 😱 To avoid unnatural or runny dialogue, I say it out loud!
3. Strum my Guitar
I wish I could sit there and have the words flow and flow… But truth is, sometimes there’s a feeling in my mind that I want to convey, and I literally have no words for it.
This helps me take a relaxing mind break– without checking my phone.
There’s something about music that lets you pause in a relaxing way– something that browsing the web, checking email, or playing on the phone just doesn’t give me. To stay focused on the story, yet give myself a few moments to think, I strum a few chords.
4. Listen to a Song
If strumming my guitar doesn’t work, I go to the next best thing– I play a song. Lately I’ve been obsessed with Dancing Queen by Cher, but most of the time I play a song related to my story.
A song that fits the mood of my story gets me back in the groove of things.
Writing a chaotic scene? Play some metal. Writing a romance? Play some Sam Smith. Writing a scary scene? Try out Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre.
5. Look Up Arson Videos on YouTube
I’m sure this one has put me on a list! 😂 But because my current story involves a series of arsons, I want to be sure that I describe everything accurately.
When you want full immersion but don’t have access to certain things, YouTube videos can help.
Anything you want to describe in detail– the low growl of a bear, the sound of fire being smothered, the dripping inside of a cave– just about anything you need can be found on a YouTube video. The cool part? Sometimes it’s just audio, but a lot of times is audio and visual too.
Okay, so am I the only weirdo? 😁 What weird things do you do as you write?
Lmk in the comments! I love to read your replies, each and every one 😘
Take care and write on,
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