Staring into space is so important for a writer. It’s an integral part of the creative process and shouldn’t be frowned upon or made fun of. I reckon best sellers were created after hours of the author just sat ‘staring into space’.
When a writer ‘stares into space’ they can be doing a number of differing things:
- Sorting out a plot issue.
- Coming up with a new plot.
- Giving serious thought to the all important ‘opening sentence.’
- Thinking of a way to show and not tell with their character.
- Giving thought to the structure of their novel / story.
- Working out how their novel is going to end.
- Thinking of a good word for a sentence.
- Letting an idea stew in its creative juices inside their mind
- Giving thought to how they are going to kill off a dull character
- Savouring some naughty thoughts about one of their attractive characters
- Wishing they had chosen an easier hobby / thinking up new hobby
- Thinking of something else other than their book / completely distracted from writing their book.
- Wondering when they can go get their 5th coffee of the day.
- Wondering whether anyone would notice if they nipped upstairs for a Writer’s Nap.
- Day dreaming of being a best selling author.
There are some tell-tale signals displayed by a writer who is about to ‘stare into space’:
- They stop chewing on the pen / pencil in their mouth.
- The mouth drops open leaving the pen / pencil to balance precariously on lip.
- Eyes become watery
- The eyes stop darting about and become fixed on a point in the room (bit of carpet, crack in the wall or out the window)
- Head starts to gently nod.
- A trickle of saliva starts to make its way down one side of the mouth.
- Breathing becomes slow.
- A yawn might take place
- Looks like they are sleeping but their eyes are open.
- Answers any question with a ‘mmmm’ or ermmmm’
Once a writer has snapped out of ‘staring into space’ they will say things like:
- “Goodness me is that the time?”
- “Its dark outside, how long have I been sat here just staring into space?”
- “Pass me the block of cheese from the fridge quick!”
- “I have been sat here for six hours and I have only written 100 words – what have I been doing?”
- “I haven’t been that productive today, all I have done is stared into space”
This ‘staring into space’ business is so important. The best ideas of mine have been produced after some quality ‘staring into space’ time.
Not allowing a writer to ‘stare into space’ will result in a sub-standard piece of work being produced!
If my first novel is naff my number one excuse will be “I didn’t get to stare into space enough”
Happy staring into space writers!