There are 5 stages to this special kind of Writer’s Break:
- Writer’s Radar. The TV box-set is either purchased by the Writer or becomes available to order on Netflix or TV. Either way it appears on the Writer’s Radar. It is a box-set that they have been desperate to watch for a long time and one which gives them a little shot of happiness every time they think about it.
- Writer Declaration. The Writer makes an announcement to those around them that they will NOT get distracted by the box-set and it will NOT come between them and their writing. Oh no! It is at this stage that loved ones and friends will hear the Writer making some bold claims like “I will only be watching one episode a week” and “I am far too busy writing to get involved with watching a box-set!”
- Writing Sours. It is amazing how quickly a Writer’s work can sour once a box-set starts appearing on their radar. The Writer will encounter minor writing issues which will seem insurmountable. Normally things like a spelling issue or over use of an exclamation mark can be fixed but the Writer is weakened. It is hard to overcome obstacles when the box-set of your dreams is pulling you towards it. There is no escape from some box-sets. Things will worsen and the Writer will start to huff and puff. It is at this stage that loved ones and friends will hear things like “I think I need a break” and “I will just watch one episode of my new box-set!”
- TV Box-Set Binge Watch. The trouble with a good box-set is that it is very hard to just watch one episode. Added to this is the fact that some writers struggle with self discipline and some writers can get obsessed with stuff very quickly (doesn’t take much for some of us – sigh!). It is hard for writers to say ‘no’ to things like box-sets. Words lose their appeal so quickly. So the Writer settles down to watch the first episode of their long awaited box-set whilst trying to forget about their writing issues. Ten minutes into the first episode and their writing is a distant memory. One of the magical things that happens with a good box-set is that time speeds up. Seven hours later and the writer emerges bleary eyed and saying things like “good grief – is that the time?” and “I only watched seven episodes straight!”
- Post Box-Set Binge. The Writer shuffles back to their writing mid-way through the box-set. They try their best to concentrate on their writing but those minor writing issues are still present. After a good half hour they decide that they might as well finish something that they have started – their TV box-set. In their head they see finishing their box-set as drawing a line in the sand. Once they have finished Season One they will be able to go back to normality again. The trouble is that life won’t feel the same post a box-set binge and the Writer may struggle with adapting to normal life again. Sigh! Very similar to finishing a good book. Those writing issues won’t get resolved in a hurry as the Writer will feel out of sorts for days…
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