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Ten Things To Do In Between Writing

I try to get as much writing done in one day as I can. I usually sit at my laptop and write 2,000 words at a time. Then I take a small break and go back to it.

I repeat this until my fingers are numb or my brain can’t handle words or the computer screen any longer.

Because I do this, I’m able to write up to 10,000 words in one day. Those words may not necessarily be any good, but at least I’m getting the idea down on paper.

So, in no particular order, here’s a list of things you can do in between your writing.

1. Take a walk.

I need exercise every once in a while and so does my dog. In between word counts I like to take Chip for a walk. Walking not only gets your body moving for a little while, it clears your mind and you’re breathing in fresh air. Then you can go back to your writing with a fresh mind.

2. Watch the rain.

You can’t go walking in a thunderstorm. I mean… You could. But I wouldn’t recommend it. I always found rain soothing; the sound it makes, its smell, and just watching it come down from the sky.

3. Play video games.

This is my personal favorite. Video games are my hobby and I don’t get to play very often between writing and work and other things. Video games help with writing, too. It teaches you about character development and has great story lines.

4. Eat.

I know I forget to do this while writing. I usually like to eat foods that get all over my fingers and who wants a cheesy keyboard? So, go make yourself a snack, eat, and refuel.

5. Clean or organize something.

Throw in a load of laundry or rearrange everything on your desk. A clean area to work is motivating and can make you feel more productive.

6. Play with the dog.

If you have one. If not… Go buy one.

7. Be social.

Why would you want to do this? You have your characters, don’t you?

8. Watch TV.

Just like video games. Except you should limit yourself to one or two episodes. Depending on the show before you know it, it will be the next day.

9. Run an errand or two.

Get out of the house every so often. It’s good for you.

10. Check social media.

Social media is a huge distraction. Get your word count done and use social media (and the Internet itself) as a reward.

What do you do in beweteen your word counts?

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Author:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

10 thoughts on “Ten Things To Do In Between Writing

  1. I try to write and finish what I’m writing in one big chunk of time… I am easily distracted, so if I do any of the things you mentioned, I usually don’t get back to writing!

  2. Great list. I love watching the rain. I wish it rained more often here. I need to move and live somewhere where it’s constantly sprinkling 24/7. I’d be the happiest person in the world then. 🙂

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