This Writer Break can be time-consuming as there is so much to take in. Not only do you have the photo albums and Facebook (FB) posts of friends, family and distant acquaintances to have a good nose around, but you also have Writer FB Groups and other Author FB pages too. Yes this particular Writer’s Break can go on for some time but it can be both pleasurable and useful.
Let me explain!
There are 5 stages to this special writer break:
- Loss of Concentration. The writer starts to lose concentration. This can occur anytime during the creative process. Some writers will find their concentration wavers after a couple of solid hours of writing whilst other writers will struggle to reach eight minutes.
- Pre-Facebook Break Cuppa. A tell-tale sign that the writer is about to take a Facebook break will be their desire for a hot drink. To make the most out of a Writer’s Facebook Break the writer will want a fresh cup of tea or coffee in their hand. They cannot trawl Facebook whilst sipping a cold Latte! So, they will be seen shuffling off into the kitchen muttering stuff that you’d expect from a writer; word count targets, plot ideas and adverb issues.
- Preparations. After sitting back down at their writing desk with a mug of something warm and sweet they will prepare themselves for their Writer’s Facebook Break. Preparations mainly consist of justifying their writer FB break: it will ONLY last five minutes, the literary competition on FB needs to be checked out and the old writer favourite – literary agents / publishers expect writers to be all over FB like a rash. With a nod and a grin they dive into their Writer’s Facebook Break.
- Writer’s Facebook Break. The writer hasn’t surfaced from Facebook for sometime. Their neighbour’s restaurant meal photos (including pics of food from all five courses) proved very interesting, especially the one showing the impressive cheese board. In their FB news feed a family update on a relation’s divorce caught their eye; the party is a week Saturday. The writer then got caught up in their school friend’s holiday snaps. To their surprise their school friend, who they have not seen in person for twenty years, has just lost a shed load of weight from a cabbage only diet, is wearing a skimpy swimsuit and is now frolicking in the sea with someone ten years younger. They met this new love interest whilst using a new dating app. Gasp! Once the writer has got over the shock from seeing their old school friend looking like some glamorous celeb on a beach, the writer will ask themselves whether there is some novel fodder in these holiday snaps. The writer will quickly make some notes about putting their main character on a diet based around one vegetable and transforming them into a beach goddess mid-book. Facebook can be a treasure chest of creative inspiration for a writer. After liking and sharing some motivational quotes the writer checks their watch and groans. It is late in the day and they still haven’t moved onto FB literary stuff. With a writer eye roll they dive straight back into one of their Writer Facebook Groups and immediately pick up on another writer’s post about the same pesky grammar issue that they suffer from. This issue is also making this other writer seek comfort in half a bottle of red after a heavy editing session. Ten FB comments later, a red wine recommendation and a multitude of post likes the writer wipes away a layer of sweat from their brow.
- Post Writer’s Facebook Break. The writer yawns, stretches and closes down their equipment. They will shuffle away from their writing desk after another long day at the literary coalface. Their Writer’s Facebook Break proved very useful as they came up with a new storyline for their book and gained some handy tips on how to resolve an irritating grammar issue. Those literary agents and publishers will be proud!
Enjoy your Writer’s Facebook Breaks today readers!