The Writer’s Boxset Binge #WritersLife


There are 5 stages to this special kind of Writer’s Break:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!” 
  3. 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!”
  4. 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!”
  5. 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…

Happy Writing!

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

31 thoughts on “The Writer’s Boxset Binge #WritersLife

  1. Firstly congratulations on your nomination Hun! Very exciting!
    I have a nomination in an award too!
    Secondly… Box sets… I have kids and a husband… And a teaching job… And a blog… It leaves little time to even contemplate box sets… The chance to watch the odd episode is thrilling enough!!!

  2. I love this as usual Lucy, how gdo you make realism so funny? I’ve already but my vote in next to you, first thing I did when the awards came up! 😃

      1. Lucy – it’ ok becasue we love you! I also saw that Roxy has a new story out on Wattpad – how are the foloowers and readers looking on there?

  3. Haha brilliant!!!!!!!!! oops, those pesky exclamation marks get everywhere 😉 I’m currently engrossed in Hemlock Grove (blood, gore, vampires, werewolves!) but luckily it only ran for three seasons phew! I might just finish that first draft before 2017 🙂

  4. Waiting for the ‘Roxy’ box set…Scarlett Johansson delivering your lines…magic! You got my vote Lucy…and by chance saw J A Allen up for ‘Best Overall Blog’ so Jenny, an on-line friend like you, got a vote too…another blonde what can I say!

  5. Congratulations on your nomination. Love the list. I’m a binge watcher without a doubt. My blog also was nominated in the ‘Hidden Gem’ category. Not sure what that means, but I think it’s good.

  6. I saw your nomination and already voted!. My lips are s.e.a.l.e.d. 😀
    Regarding #2, is that Tina talking? Ha ha hahaha.
    I don’t watch TV but when I do–once in a blue, blue moon–I can’t unpeal my eyes from the screen. I mean it. o_O

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