Writing When Word Weary: Why You shouldn’t Do It

*This is a revised posting from January 26, 2015

You ever have that moment where you have been working on your novel all day, and the writing is so good that it has completely eaten up the reality around you? You are literally in your book.

Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it.

Ideas are coming at you faster than bullets from a gun, the story is kicking, the plot is thickening…your eyes…your eyes are getting more tired by the minute, No! second. You are hitting the wrong keys left and right, slowing down your once brilliant pace.

What in the world is happening?! Sleeping kid typing

You are Word Weary. ( I totally made up this phrase up…Just go with it.)

First, what is Word Weary? It is when your imagination is going 200mph, but your brain and cognitive skills are going 5mph and slowing with each key stroke.

You are thinking one thing and typing something else. It’s a mess.

Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it.

Your body is awake and hyped up on adrenaline but your eyes have tapped out.

It simply means you are tired. It’s okay to be tired and even more so to rest. It is better to rest than run on fumes. The worst things happen when we write on fumes.

WHY SHOULDN’T WE WRITE WHEN WORD WEARY?:

When you are weary, anxiety kicks in, and with anxiety that beast called ‘Frustration’, that tells you to rush everything just to get it out.

What should have been detailed, fantastic scenes, full of punch and climactic power, end up confused, stuttered, and limp like cold spaghetti noodles.

All that fire of your creativity will get quenched by exhaustion and confusion will rob you of your train of thought.

When you read that section of writing later, you will think of it as junk, lose interest in what should have been a great nugget of creative work.

What could have been a great idea for later, has now turned to dust and fallen through the crevices of your keyboard.

WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?:

Your imagination was no longer flowing smoothly with the rest of your  skills and everything became a frustrated blur.

But you just HAD to write a few more words, right? WRONG!

SO WHAT DO YOU DO IN THESE MOMENTS?:

Some people get a caffeine fix, but even that will buy you only so much concentration time.

There is  a saying in visual art that is, “Know when to cut off your own hand.” The phrase is referring to knowing when a piece is finished before you take it from great to ruined with one stroke, and to a point of no return.

As writers, we need to know when to “cut off our own hands” or at least bind them for a time especially when we are WORD WEARY.

When we feel our eyes growing heavy from looking at a computer screen for hours, we should give ourselves a break:

  • Jot down our ideas and come back to them later.
  • Write them (type them) like you would a quick synopsis.
  • Record them with a voice recorder just as if you were writing the scene out by hand, and then type it later. There are so many options.

FOR THE FUTURE:

If you are not already in the habit of doing so, plan blocks of time to write. This will help keep you from becoming frustrated with Word Weariness.

  • Try to write at least 1 hour a day to no more than 3 hours per session if you choose to have more than one writing session a day.

I am still working out the kinks with this, but I know it is successful because I used this system two three years in a row for NaNoWriMo, and was able to have more than 50,000 viable words before the end of 30 days.  It also kept me from wearing myself out.

Now I am allotting at least 1.5 hours a day to Ascension Graveyard during the day, with 1.5+ hours in the evening for editing and revising other works. 

Writing, being creative is an organic, asymmetrical expression, that although free flowing, still needs to be tamed. It’s wise to catch it when it sparks, but just like a fire that is left uncontrolled, it will burn you out when it was only meant to warm you.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS? WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP FOR BECOMING WORD WEARY?

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~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

 

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