Can Being Tired Make Us Better Writers?

This piece from Kristen Lamb is so good I just had to reblog it for you.Please read it and tell me: Do you believe pushing yourself past your seemed limits will get results. Have you achieved a result doing so?

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Last month I participated in NaNoWriMo even though it’s the holidays and, as many of you know, I am battling the last vestiges of Shingles which makes me tired, like down to the BONES tired. But, lest I go crazy, I had to write, because that’s what writers do. We aren’t happy unless we are writing something. 

I figured in the beginning I likely wouldn’t make the 50,000 word mark not only because of feeling puny, but I also have other writing that doesn’t count toward NaNo.

Yet, the interesting thing is, being tired can have benefits. If we wait until that celestial alignment when the kids aren’t sick, our pants fit, there isn’t a heap of laundry, the garage is clean, the junk mail sorted, and we feel energized? We won’t get a lot of writing done, so here is some food for thought…

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  One thought on “Can Being Tired Make Us Better Writers?

  1. Jerry
    December 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Interesting words I intend to heed.

  2. December 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    My brain goes to mush when I’m tired, but I do agree time is the enemy.

    • December 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Hi Vicki, I know. I’m wondering though, if it’s the enemy why do we want to harness it so much? 🙂 Wasting time, like wasting anything isn’t a good thing is it.

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