Ever wondered how a writer takes a coffee break?
Are you curious about what happens after a writer checks the clock, smiles, puts all writing tools down and races off for a well-earned coffee break?
Ever thought about what goes through a writer’s brain during a coffee break?
Don’t panic. Here at BlondeWriteMore we have the answers.
The coffee (or tea) break is one of the key events in a writer’s day.
It can be a make or break point for the writer AND their creative project.
For some writers it can be the event they look forward to, more so than doing some writing. *Sigh*
Here are some useful and handy tips on how to take a coffee break like a writer:
- Multi-task whilst writing – type and keep a close eye on the clock. Writers learn to touch type early on in their career so they can keep their minds focused on how long they have until their next coffee break.
- Try to put off the inevitable. Tell yourself that you don’t need coffee and that you can creatively kickstart yourself. All you need is a bit of writer motivation, you do not need caffeine to perk you up. Reach for your phone and tweet something about not giving into to your coffee craving. After taking a deep breath go back to your writing and discover someone has placed a dull filter over the page. Everything you have written will suddenly feel lacklustre and boring.
- Surrender. It won’t take you long to give up the fight. On average the writer’s battle for a hot beverage takes a few minutes. Some writers even give in straight away. Coffee breaks are essential when you have been slaving away at the literary coal face. Close your laptop / notebook, yawn, stretch, smile and squeal “Coffee Break!”
- Make a weak promise. Promise your writing that you will be back, once you have made your coffee or tea. You and your writing both know this might be an outrageous lie.
- Ignore unwanted comments. Block out unwanted comments from loved ones who say unhelpful stuff like “you’ve only been writing for ten minutes!” and “this will be your third break of the morning – how many breaks does a writer really need?” Keep the coffee machine or kettle in sight and stagger towards it.
- Assess your writing career at the coffee machine or kettle. Whilst making your coffee assess your entire writing career. This is a must for any writer and will also help with your decision on whether to return to your writing after your break.
- Make an array of coffee related pleasure sounds whilst taking those first sips. Soft moans, gasps of delight and sighs are a must!
- March back to your writing desk. As the caffeine starts to take hold you will be feeling invigorated. Loved ones will witness you march back to your writing desk.
- Get distracted by social media. The strength of your coffee or tea will dictate your tweet and retweet speed. Try looking on Twitter mid-morning and spot the writers tweeting like mad. They will have probably just finished drinking a large cappuccino.
- Post coffee break crossroads. You have returned from your coffee break, your caffeine induced social media frenzy has ended and now you have reached, what we in the trade call ‘the post coffee break crossroads.’ Writers all over the world visit this place daily. Some know which way they are going and see no need for hesitation, whilst others stand for a while deliberating. One sign points back to ‘Writing Land’ and the other sign points to ‘The Valley of Procrastination’.
Have fun out there writers!
Enjoy your coffee or tea breaks 🙂
Yes folks Roxy is back on my blog at the end of June.
Watch out for her interview on my blog next Monday.