Last night you were at it (writing) for hours. When you finally stopped you were exhausted and a little sweaty. It was a wild and exhilarating writing session, which left you feeling satisfied creatively afterwards. So why today do you feel so rough?
Chances are you are suffering from a ‘writing hangover’. Check out the handy symptom list below to see whether you are suffering from a ‘writing hangover’.
Definition – A writing hangover is the body’s response to what we in the trade call a ‘creative overload’.
The body cannot cope with an overload of creativity.
Too much creativity and the next morning you will be suffering.
Here is the list of known symptoms. Tick all those that apply.
1. Your mouth feels like a desert and your tongue feels like a cactus.
2. Your eyelids are droopy or in some extreme cases – slightly puffy.
3. Your brain feels like someone put it on a fast washing machine spin overnight. Ideas, plots and characters are all jumbled up like laundry inside your head.
4. Your clock says ‘breakfast’ but you say ‘back to bed’.
5. You feel like you need 2-3 days off writing to recover.
6. You are irritable and need to be left alone.
7. You moan to family and friends about how you ‘overdid’ it last night.
8. You cannot look at your writing desk as it brings back powerful flashbacks.
9. You look pale and in need of some sunshine.
10. You want to spend the day lying on the sofa with a vacant expression on your face.
Be sensible with your creativity levels writers, don’t suffer the next morning!
I am afraid the only known cure for a ‘writing hangover’ is writing. Yes, I am afraid you are just going to have to work through the pain and write some more.