Monday, April 11, 2011

I Is for Ischemia

You may think I'm reaching with the medical term "ischemia," but follow my train of thought for a moment, if you will. Ischemia in terms of health refers to an area of the body receiving too little blood--the area becomes pale and can die.

The same thing can happen with your writing. If you run out of writing mojo, your writing projects may become pale and lifeless. It's tough because the bills and expenses keep piling up, but taking a day for yourself now and then may be just the thing you need to pump blood and life back into your writing.

You say there's no way you can take a day? Then take an hour or two and do something that re-energizes your batteries. For a whole lot of us, the best thing we can do is get some physical activity. Freelance writing is such a sedentary profession; physical activity is just what the doctor ordered--and maybe your writing muse, too.

At the first signs of writing ischemia, take a time-out.


  1. Very good advice! I don't know how some can write 10 or more articles a day. Where do they take time out to breathe, to recoup? I couldn't do it.

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  2. Great post! It's important to write regularly or else writing projects can suffer and it's harder to get back into them.

  3. Very important message to take some time for ourselves to recharge our batteries.

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  4. I sure wish I had 10 articles a day in me, but I don't see that happening anywhere in the near future.

    I'll admit I have a difficult time stepping away from the computer at times, but am usually rewarded with fresh energy when I do.