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.
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.
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...)