Last night you were writing for hours. When you finally stopped you were exhausted and a little sweaty. It was a wild and exhilarating writing session, which left you feeling satisfied creatively afterwards.
So, why today do you feel so rough?
Chances are you are suffering from a writing hangover.
Exhaustion or other side effects caused by a major writing session.
Check out the handy symptom list below to see whether you are suffering from a writing hangover?
Here is the list of known symptoms. Tick all those that apply.
1. Your mouth feels like a desert and tongue like a cactus.
2. Your eyelids are droopy or in some extreme cases – slightly puffy.
3. Your brain feels like someone put it on a fast washing machine spin overnight. Ideas, plots and characters are all jumbled up like laundry inside your head.
4. Your clock says ‘breakfast’ but you can’t stop muttering, ‘back to bed’.
5. You feel like you need 2-3 days off writing to recover.
6. You are irritable and need to be left alone.
7. You instruct loved ones to give you a wide berth and advise them if they do feel the need to disturb you, to do so with a tray of tea and biscuits.
8. You cannot look at your writing desk as it brings back powerful flashbacks.
9. You look pale and in need of some sunshine.
10. You want to spend the day lying on the sofa with a vacant expression on your face.
So, how do you survive this?
Be sensible with your creativity levels writers. Try to have regular breaks, stay hydrated and get some fresh air.
Don’t go near your draft for a few hours or until the side effects have subsided or you might find your irritability leads to some unnecessary character suffering.
I am afraid the only known cure for a ‘writing hangover’ is writing. Yes, I am afraid you are just going to have to work through the pain and write some more.
Have a great day x