Saturday, March 13, 2010

Aspiring Advice: Weary? Then Rest.

Guess what?
I'm now a fan of Pineapple and Ham pizza.

Well, it helps when the pineapple is fresh.

Contrary to popular belief, pulling an all-nighter (or a series of all-nighters) isn't an effective writing strategy. You can always do this if you must. You might even get a lot accomplished, but how coherent will you or your writings be? If you're editing previous work, will you make an improvement or make it worse? This is a personal decision that you will have to make for yourself, but it's definitely worth considering. I've chosen sleep as my priority over writing, which has lead to clearer proses and an overall better self-esteem. The exceptions might be if you're writing a character who is sleep deprived, or if you have a deadline that you must meet very soon. Basically, it would be unwise to continually go without sleep in order to write instead. The natural consequences can result in chronic fatigue, depression, and/or the uncontrollable urge to acquire lots of fast food. It doesn't help that In and Out opened up a few blocks away . . .

Sleep is important, for everyone. It doesn't matter if you write or not, but a good night's sleep is a treasure, far greater than what you will find in a dragon's horde. You may even find inspiration in your dreams. A best seller could be floating around in your subconscious somewhere. Hit that pillow and tap into those resources, and don't forget to keep a dream journal by your bedside.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and rest up for the adventures that await you.

May name is David, and there are trees on my porch.

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