And, all-but invisibly, I edit the title of the thread to fit.I was going to correct the title spelling, then I realised David has it right and it's just this thread that doesn't.
I definitely agree with David's point that physical exercise can help get the creative juices flowing when you're stuck with writer's bloc, I've found that myself.
And even if you get the article (or piecework, as was my case in my last jewelry apprenticeship) right and proper to spec, sometimes you still don't get paid because there was a cock-up backstage with the client!My working life has been dominated by deadlines. The magazine either came out on time, or I didn’t get paid. The article was either submitted to length, quality, and on schedule, or I don’t get paid. That concentrates the mind wonderfully.
Don't get me started on the fight to get agreed payment for work completed.And even if you get the article (or piecework, as was my case in my last jewelry apprenticeship) right and proper to spec, sometimes you still don't get paid because there was a cock-up backstage with the client!
I find it's best to do it while you're writing and can go straight back to the computer* in between in short bursts, though I appreciate that's not always possible.Interesting stuff, and hopefully something I can put to use.
The one about physical exercise is interesting. I spent a couple of summers working in a warehouse. While it wasn't exactly strenuous exercise, l often walked up to 20,000 steps or more; plenty of fetching and carrying, too. The job was also less mentally demanding than others I've done. This combination gave me a lot of time to think. Some of which l devoted to thinking about writing.
Luckily, I also went out on deliveries as a driver's mate. Thus allowed me to commit thoughts to phone, as at least a starting point. Sadly, I lost quite a lot of my TL notes when said phone died not long afterwards, but some of the ideas remain.
Happily, I've done a little bit of writing tonight. Just ten minutes editing something that already exists, but it's something.
Yeah, that's also a point - it's good to try not to be connected to the internet while you write, though for some things (like me with LTTW) you need to be constantly looking up minor bits of research online.Tbh, I'm not sure it was the exercise per se in my case. It was more the "lots of time in my head, with no phone to distract me". But the exercise may have helped.