Take a Break?

What can you do if you run into an obstacle when you are in the middle of writing that next best-seller? I can guarantee that beating on the keyboard, or wearing sack cloth and ashes will not help out very much. But I can tell you what I do. It is not easy. Being a compulsive person I am always tempted to plunge ahead and that really is a waste of time if the “muse” is tired or out to lunch.

So what do you do? Here’s the answer and it applies not only to writing but actually to any task which has ground to a halt. TAKE A BREAK.

When you are frustrated with battling a problem, applying any kind of rational process for finding a solution is difficult at best. So take a break. Go for a walk, tidy up your desk, or pick up a favorite book and re-read it. Sit in the sun, enjoy a soft drink, have a cup of coffee, call a friend, walk the dog (doesn’t work with a cat).

Answer you email, write a letter, peruse the Internet for interesting sites. Do ANYTHING to take your mind off the problem for a while. If you can convince yourself to do this, you will find that your brain enjoys a break and when it is ready – you will know when to go back to your writing, or whatever task was driving you nuts.

If you have a different method for getting back on track, I would love to hear of it.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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