Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kari's Kave: Surviving Writing Deadlines at Crunchtime

Good morning, Bloggerland!

Kari here. So today is my day to blog. I got up, looked at my to do list, and knew exactly what I wanted to blog about.

Writing crunch time during a deadline.

I am in the homestretch of book 2 Corpse in the Crystal Ball. Everything is coming together nicely. All my loose ends are getting tied up. The killer is about to be caught...but all of this takes a lot of time sitting in a chair and writing.

I am fortunate enough to get to work at home and just write. I love what I do, but for some reason, it can be exhausting. I can bust my butt doing yard work, clean the house for hours, etc, and not feel as drained as when I write all day.

So I did some research and found this article.

It really makes sense. We're not just working our muscles, we're working our brains. We're mentally drained, have eye strain, carpal tunnel, bad backs, etc. And all of this is worsened by where we write, how we sit, what kind of lighting we use, even what type of food we eat before we write and what time of day we write.

So as I push onward and upward, I am going to be more conscious about all of these elements. Take breaks during low points in the day, write during high points, eat healthier, stretch and exercise.

We might love what we do, but we only have one body. If we take better care of that, who knows what creative awesomeness might flow forth onto the paper. So eat, sleep and be merry, my people, and write on!


Kari Lee Townsend said...

So how do you all write? Where? When? What do you do to stay fit?

I have some really bad habits I am determined to break this year before I end up seriously handicapped!

Lindsay said...

I try to get up and walk around periodically. Not only good exercise but walking helps me with working out a scene

Lindsay said...

Oh, pausing to take a sip or three of coffe, and I make sure the coffee maker is always on with fresh coffee

Kari Lee Townsend said...

I get so wrapped up in what I'm doing, I often lose track of time and forget to get up. Then I'm so sore and stiff.

I might try setting a timer. Someone once said to set it for every hour, then when it goes off, take a 10 minute break and walk and stretch.

When I'm stuck, I do walk or clean etc. and then the solution comes to me.

Anita Clenney said...

My hubby swears that mental work is harder than physical. He says working with stressed clients and making million dollar decisions on how to connect these huge computer accounts just drains him.

I do think it's important to take a breat from writing, by getting up and moving around or even stretching in the chair, something I'm guilty of not doing.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Oh yeah, I agree I just dozed off in my comfy chair after eating sugar, crashing, and sitting in a big overstuffed chair with my laptop to write.

Bad bad girl!

Cassy Pickard said...

How funny you picked this topic! I have a horrible cold and have spent most of the day in bed. Yet, I've been totally bummed out that I haven't been on the computer working my new story. You are so right that it's exhausting to write. But, I prefer it to the alternative!

Liz Lipperman said...

Hey, guys, I have said it many times, writing is not an easy job. I take cat naps to recharge. Since I write long hand, I can go just about anywhere to write. the only requirement I have is that it has to be quiet.

As for fitness, I have grossly neglected that part. I just got a new waterproof Shuffle so that I can start water jogging again.

Great post, Kari.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Hope you feel better Cassy!

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Yay, Liz, you're back! Water jogging...sounds like fun :-)