(Yes, I verbed it.)
All writers need a break from writing sometimes.
Some of us are really bad at that, though. Like … REALLY bad.
You’re one of those, if you’ve ever had a day off that involved internal dialogue like this.
1. I feel like I should be doing something. Like … writing.
2. Sleeping in? Sure … I don’t have to get up early to write. That’s cool.
3. It’s the middle of the night and I have a new idea for a story.
5. Wow, I did it. I slept in. Mmm, coffee. Wait … now what.
6. Relaxing is exhausting.
7. I should be writing.
8. Binge-watching Netflix is weirdly motivating me to write?
9. Why doesn’t my brain ever shut off?
10. This is a really good show. I need to take days off more often.
11. I should REALLY be writing.
12. The day’s only half over. I haven’t DONE anything. This feels wrong.
13. Hitting pause. I have to write down this idea for a blog post.
14. Oh, there’s another idea. Great. Writing that down too.
15. Maybe I’ll just outline this really quick …
16. Wait, no. I’m on vacation. This is relaxing time. NO. WORKING.
17. I just ate an entire pizza out of BOREDOM.
18. OK I REALLY NEED TO WRITE SOMETHING.
19. In 12 hours I’m allowed to be a creative human again.
20. I will not write. I will not write. I will not write.
21. OK maybe just a few hundred words.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.