5 Stages: The Writer’s Chocolate Break #writers #writerslife

The Writer's Chocolate Break

  1. Writer Distress. Things are not going well for you in Writing Corner. In the space of two hours you have written the death scene of your favourite character, cried buckets over their passing, spotted a pesky grammar issue you thought you had got rid of last year and come to the conclusion that your opening chapter is a load of literary drivel. You  place your head in your hands, groan and start to weep.
  2. Social Media Update. You stop weeping briefly to update all forms of social media on your distressed writer mindset. In your head you expect a flurry of sympathy retweets from Twitter, a load of likes on Facebook and maybe some sad face emojis on Instagram. Things go downhill as no one reacts to your tweet, post or  sad faced writer photo.
  3. Writer Gloom. You descend into a pit of writer gloom. Loved ones and pets steer clear as they catch sight of you wandering aimlessly around the house like some lost soul. Everything feels dark and bleak. You can’t face returning to Writing Corner to write about life after your favourite character’s death, trying rid your writing of that pesky grammar issue and rewriting your entire first chapter. You would rather stick pins in your eyes! Nothing can save you now. The future looks dark. As you pass the kitchen cupboard a little voice deep inside you whispers “chocolate…chocolate..chocolate!”
  4. Writer’s Chocolate Break. You raid the cupboard for chocolate and scurry away with it so no loved ones can stop you and question why you need to turn to chocolate / make some comment about avoiding sugar / remind you about your healthy eating plan / inform you that they don’t understand why you get yourself in such a state over some words / ask if they can have some too etc. In a quiet place you wedge large chunks of beautiful chocolate into your mouth and make ‘mmmmmm’ noises. The more chocolate you stuff into your mouth the better you feel….about writing…yourself…the world. This is a delicious and pleasurable moment for any writer. Tears are an optional extra during this stage. There is something very therapeutic about weeping whilst shoe horning a gigantic chunk of chocolate into your mouth.
  5. Chocolate Buzz. A slab of chocolate later and a good wipe of your mouth you are back in Writing Corner hammering out the next chapter. The sugar rush from the chocolate has hit you hard lighting up your writing world. Your character grief is over, you plan to leave that irritating grammar issue to editing and your first chapter requires some more thought. The sun comes out in Writing Corner. You stop briefly to update all forms of social media that your period of writing distress is over. You also take the opportunity to thank all those that sent you sympathy messages….

Happy Friday all!

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33 thoughts on “5 Stages: The Writer’s Chocolate Break #writers #writerslife

  1. So brilliant! Been eating an awful lot of chocolate lately–for all the reasons cited above… 😛 Maybe the weekend will treat my writing better. 🙂 Thanks, Lucy, this put a smile on my face. 🙂

  2. Sooo true! I make sure I get some exercise by not keeping any chocolate in the fridge. That plan has failed since I moved recently. I now live next door to a convenience store. More chocolate – less exercise.

  3. I can’t even count how many times I had a writer breakdown and wished I had a permanent stock of chocolate on hand! I would for just such occasions, except it always mysteriously vanishes as soon as I buy it… I don’t know where it could POSSIBLY have gone to…… 😉

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