Writing Tip #56

Fall back or spring ahead? Today’s writing tip is inspired by the shift back to standard time this morning and the glorious 9 hours of sleep that I got last night, which I soon realized was actually 10 hours of sleep! Go, me!

Yesterday evening, I asked my fellow tweeps if I should go ahead and write another 1,000 words of my WIP after writing 1,000 words that morning. I had a free hour or two, and I wondered if it was better to charge ahead or take some time for myself. The consensus on Twitter was to spring ahead, to take advantage of my eagerness. I ended up choosing to fall back — or, more accurately, to take some additional “me” time and read a book (if only it were a good book, but that’s another story…).

I’m still on track for an end-of-the-year finish of the first draft of Novel #2, so I don’t feel like I need to overdo things. And the last thing I want to do is get burnt out. So I put my feet up and read another author’s thriller instead of working on my own. And I’m content with that decision — as long as I maintain my daily word count.

What do you do when faced with a similar decision? Sure, you can poll your friends, your tweeps, your neighbors. But in the end, only you really know the right answer. And if you know yourself, the decision should make itself.

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2 thoughts on “Writing Tip #56

  1. When the editor’s deadline looms I have to write…but if there’s time I will often put it off. Sometimes we have to gather experiences in between attempts to write about them. :)

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