- Writer Distress. The writer will be showing signs of distress. They may have run out of cheese, ideas, the coffee machine might be on the blink, Wi-Fi might be down, Twitter might be quiet, they may have fallen down a plot hole or the new idea for their book, that they came up with over breakfast, might not seem as earth shattering as it did whilst eating their porridge. There will be lots of huffs, puffs, strained expressions, loud sighs or a lot of pacing the room.
- Awareness. During times of distress the writer will become aware of a little voice inside their head instructing them to either take a little nap or go for a warm bath. Some writers look forward to hearing this little voice as they know peace and harmony will be restored in Writing Land, once they have either got their head down for forty winks or had a long soak. Once they hear the voice all writing tools will be put down and the writer will disappear. For noting, there are some writers out there who may not need to hear the voice telling them to have a sleep or a bath. These two activities are already built into their daily routine – sigh!
- Bath Creativity. A writer’s creative skills will be reflected through their choice of bath products and accessories. Cue bath foam resembling giant fluffy white clouds, a unique blend of tropical bath scents, a flamboyant bath brush, a vibrant flannel, an assortment of candles and a small army of happy looking yellow rubber ducks. It is worth noting that the bath ducks must be happy looking as no writer, when faced with a serious issue like a weak opening chapter, wants to watch a load of miserable looking bath ducks float by.
- Bath Time. The writer will soak for some time as the only thing waiting of them when they get out of the bath is a half finished novel or a painful editing session. As they relax, letting the warm water soothe their aching body their mind will start to wander over their creative work. As they are in a relaxed, semi comatose state writing issues and problems will not seem so pressing. They may even get lucky when staring at their army of bobbing ducks and get some creative inspiration. The main thing from this stage is that the writer is no longer in a state of distress.
- Post Bath. The writer will emerge from their bath happier, more relaxed, reeking of tropical scents and a bit wrinkly. They will resume their place in Writing Land and their creative world will seem like a better place. After laying down a couple of sentences on their draft they will check their watch and head off for a nice cup of coffee, followed by a good old fashioned tweeting session. Being a writer can be tough! Sigh!
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