Taking Care of Your Instrument

It’s all well and good that you’re churning out page after page of high quality writing. Then again, if you’ve been at it for too long, you may simply be typing gibberish. Granted, I’m sure it looks great to you at the time. However, you need to remember to take breaks when writing.

When you’re on a roll or even when you can’t quite get focused, you need to take a few minutes every few hours to clear your head and stretch your limbs.  You can grab a snack, watch a tv show, call a friend, play a game online, exercise, or whatever you need to do to get away from writing for a few minutes.  A good rule of thumb is to take at least 5 to 10 minutes for each hour.

When you write for too long at a stretch, your muscles become cramped, your writing gradually deteriorates, and you basically burn out.  By taking frequent breaks, you can keep your instrument, meaning you the writer, in shape.  As I said before, you may think doing a marathon writing spree of 10 hours will make up for slacking the day before, but what may sound great to you at hour 9, probably sounds like complete gibberish to anyone else.  Before anyone complains, I realize this works out sometimes, but NEVER EVER make this a habit.  Take breaks during the marathon and you’ll be fine.

One of the things that helps me most is exercising for about 5 minutes.  Exercising translates into basic yoga poses or dancing to my favorite song at the time.  The exercise clears my head, stretches out my muscles, and energizes me for another hour or so of writing.  Whatever you decide to do, just give your mind and body a break to keep your writing at the highest quality possible.