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You have stopped typing or scribbling briefly to think about a character or a plot strand or just a good word to use. Your brain takes some time to come up with the creative goods and after a bit of huffing / puffing you find yourself fiddling with objects around you.
Here are my favourite things to fiddle with whilst in creative mode:
Twirl it around my fingers a lot (whilst scanning for split ends or greyness)
Remove them, chew on the arm of them and then prod myself (normally in the eye)
3. Pens & Pencils
Chew on the end or tap them annoyingly against the table until my husband shouts at me.
Open and shut the case. Turn it over in my hand and pray for some sort of phone related distraction (call, text, message)
5. Wedding ring
Take it off, put it on again and then see how it looks on another finger (get it stuck)
Chew or marvel at small nail growth
7. Coffee cup
Pick up, put down and inspect closely for wear and tear
Fiddle with, jangle them a lot and then start to test myself on the key / door it opens.
9. Lip Balm
Unscrew, sniff, sigh, apply, re-screw and pout
10. Wine glass
Drain. Circle around the top of it with finger. Hold up to the light. Refill.
Reach into cake box, take out something naughty and devour.
If you are lucky your brain will give you what you need after a quick fiddle or if you are really unlucky your fiddling will turn into full on distraction (cue walk away from writing).
Stay focused out there writers 🙂