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5 Weird Things I Do While I Write

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 πŸ˜± 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-SaΓ«ns – Danse Macabre.

5. Look Up Arson Videos on YouTube

I’m sure this one has put me on a list!  πŸ˜‚  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? πŸ˜  What weird things do you do as you write?

Lmk in the comments!  I love to read your replies, each and every one πŸ˜˜

Take care and write on,

YariGarciaWrites

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21 thoughts on “5 Weird Things I Do While I Write

  1. Wow, I’m surprised you have time to write when you do all that! πŸ˜‚

    I’m actually pretty focused with writing. I tend to block out everything, not check emails, not look at phone notifications – until I’ve finished writing. Occasionally if I’m finding it hard to get started I’ll watch some YouTube videos from motivational bloggers to get me in a productive mindset.

    I enjoyed your post, it’s lovely to get an insight into another person’s writing process πŸ™‚

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      1. I love this. Like you, I get up every so often, both to rest my back and to gradually get dressed. I pace and talk to myself. I play guitar, too, but not usually while I’m writing. I don’t dare look at YouTube because I’ll never get back to my work. As it is, I check email and Facebook way too much. But when I’m in the zone, I just write, period.

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      2. YouTube definitely has the power to make time fly! Check YT at your own risk πŸ˜‰

        “The zone” is a wonderful place to be. Having a schedule does help for getting there each and every day.

        Thanks for dropping by!
        Yari

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  2. Great article!

    That’s a great idea about getting up after a half hour. Sometimes you can get so focused on what you’re writing that something simple like that can be forgotten, LoL.

    Good Luck with your writing!

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  3. I listen to music. Each project has a mood music playlist, then a soundtrack created when the first draft is done, and finally an editing playlist.
    I switch between working at a table and at my standing desk. I write fine when standing, but edit better sitting.
    If I start to slow down, I eat something crunchy or chew gum. That tends to help.

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      1. And if one of the songs comes on the radio or just when I have my music on shuffle, I’ll immediately feel whatever emotions the scene it reflects had when I wrote it. Good way to get immediately in the mood to write something.

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  4. This is so great, I have a few similar…I put background meditations when I have to write some painful or harsh scenes which for me can be triggers and I find that I feel safe and calm enough that I can write it out, even visualizing it without an anxiety attack coming on. I do some writing at work and its funny cause I do pace and talk to myself and I am in a glass house so folks drive by and look at me a bit strange LOL…but I do like your hourglass idea…sometimes its so easy to get on a roll and have an entire hour go by before you even look up…this post was awesome thank you for sharing and yes to youtube videos…anything and everything in life can be found on youtube. Blessings to you πŸ™‚

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  5. This post made me chuckle. I wonder what people would make of my search history if they looked. I have searched how to make crack, how to dismantle a body and just recently can you die from a cheese grater? All story related you understand.

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