Tuesday, March 29, 2011

On/Off

Here's a funny thing. People often ask me how I can manage to blog almost every day while I am drafting. But blogging while I'm spending crazy amounts of time writing is actually easier for me. My little brain is whirring and clicking away and it's not hard to harness a bit of that momentum to spare a few minutes for blog thoughts.

However.

When I am not writing anything, when you think it'd be easier to throw together something clever or fun or thoughtful for the blog because my brain isn't doing anything else, here is what happens:











Yup. Nothing is what happens. These down times are good because it means I can finally catch up on taxes and emails and real life stuff, but my brain doesn't take kindly to breaks. The longer I go, the more it shuts down and wants to do nothing but nap, nap, nap.

Mmmmm, naps.

Yeah, I can feel my brain atrophying even as I type this. For me, writing has moved beyond entertainment and beyond a job--it's become a necessity. I'd make some analogy about exercising, how it's hard and miserable when you're doing it but your body feels so much better that you can't give it up, but let's face it: I know nothing about exercising.

I do know about writing, though. And I'd better get back to it soon. After this next nap...



(For the record, that is not me in the music video. I have way less facial hair, and my eyebrows are always finely shaped. But the expression + the lyrics are pretty applicable.)

(Maybe I should grow a beard. Not like I'm doing anything else right now...)

13 comments:

Holly Dodson said...

I'm the same way with writing. The more I do it, the easier it flows. But turn that faucet off for a day or two and it gets rusty. ;)

A. Grey said...

I am so with you on the writing as a necessity. When I was younger, or in high school and would refuse to go places or out with friends because "I needed to write." my mother would always get frustrated and tell me that no one was putting pressure on me to write. Then I'd get all angsty-mad and tell her that she didn't understand, I DID NEED to write.

Now, after growing up a little, I've learn to articulate that writing, and all the bullocky that goes with it, makes me happy... even when it's also making me rip my hair out :)

KT said...

Sameeee. And I LOVE that song :)

Liberty Speidel said...

Could NOT agree more! I've been away from major writing for so long because of kids, I'm having trouble getting going again... I keep looking at my blank word documents longingly and nothing comes to mind. Sad.

Very sad.

Momentum is definitely key to me being productive!

Stephanie Perkins said...

Oh, that video is priceless. I'm pretty sure that IS me when I haven't showered in days. Which, until a half hour ago, was true.

Marsha Sigman said...

I feel a little depressed now.

Must shave and pluck eyebrows.

For me it's hard to be motivated unless I have a million things to do. For some reason I actually get more done when I am overwhelmed and under a deadline. When I have free time, I procrastinate and watch TV or...nap. There can never be enough napping.

Eli said...

Your blog posts always manage to crack me up! But yes. I can't agree more. Breaks are no good. Once I'm in the swing, I have to stay there unless I want to produce utter crap.

BTW-- You, my dear, are awesome. :)

Broken Angel said...

Oh gosh! If you're planning on growing a beard you might need some hair growth mixture or something.

Keriann Greaney Martin said...

I agree with you and everyone else. I can't get anything done when I have a lot of free time! There's not enough pressure to MAKE me do it.

Mama White said...

Beard, maybe. Just don't get the twinner tats. Also, did you notice he can do that cool raise-one-eyebrow trick of yours?

Whirlochre said...

To be honest, I think you should grow three beards...

Madeleine said...

You should grow a beard for the SUPERNATURALLY signing at The King's English. I'd love my first real-life meeting with you to involve a beard. :D

Tamieg said...

to be Honest with you, I recon thats just the way your body copes after all its done is run on stress for a long period of time. suddenly your not so stressed so your body shuts down, you get aces and pains and the flu and then you just dont want to get off the couch. But If you find that level of stress again and get yourself back to that level of overtired/survival mode, than your body does amazing things again! Its a life circle and it sucks.