As a writer, I’m often faced with a blank page…that blinking cursor. And there are times it’s fantastic. That cursor moves like you wouldn’t believe. I make so many typing mistakes because my fingers are moving so fast getting the story out of my head before it disappears, lost in the sea of things floating around in there.
But there are those other times where the blinking cursor is a curse. I don’t know what to do next. I don’t know where I need to take my characters. Sometimes it’s during the creating phase. I have reformed and am now a plotter, but even though I have the entire book planned, it’s sometimes difficult to bridge together the scenes I’ve thought up. Or during the editing phase, when I know I need to fix something, but the solution is just not coming to me.
I need a brain break. And it’s not uncommon for me to take several in a day’s time. Just short little vacations where my brain can rest and do absolutely nothing worthwhile. And yes…my brain takes it’s vacations in Twitterland, Facebookville, and Pinterest City.
I know many people consider these social media sites a complete waste of time. I don’t, for many reasons, but I won’t go into them all today. Today I am focusing on the break they give my brain. I can go on Twitter and have a laugh, see what my writer buddies are doing, promo myself, help promo a friend. I only stay a minute or two. Then I hop over to Facebook, see what my family and friends are up to today. Stay there a couple minutes. Then maybe some Pinterest for yummy meal ideas or crafts.
My brain takes maybe a 5 minute break and is ready to get back at it. Stepping away from my work, even for a few minutes, can often give me new perspective. It really helps!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Stephanie Haefner is a multi-published contemporary romance author, PRO member of RWA, and secretary for the Western NY Romance Writers. Visit her website at www.stephaniehaefnerthewriter.com or follow her on Twitter at @stephanihaefner