How Humidity Trained Me to Be a Better Writer

How was your weekend? Mine was the usual–shopping, comics, crosswords, which is good. For those of you who know a little about me, I like routine a lot of the time. For those who don’t know, well, now you do.

Yesterday was pretty interesting. I was out doing the mowing, like I do. It was hot and humid out, and…

I think I got heat exhaustion. I got really tired and run down all of a sudden. Which was weird, because I’m not one of those people who work 5 hours in the sun without water. I was stopping and drinking water and Country Time fairly often, or so I thought. It may have been a lack of salt (what sweat is mostly made of) that I didn’t rectify until I felt awful.

Then I stopped for the day, and got some water, salt, and took a cold shower. I’m better now. I just was kinda frustrated I let this happen–usually I know what I can and can’t take, but it didn’t seem like I had that much to go before everything was done.

Which reminds me of writing–fiction, copy, emails, what-have-ya. One minute, you’re into it, and going like crazy, and about 3-4 hours later, if you’ve kept up without a break, you may or may not be able to rub two thoughts together, you’re so tired.

Maybe that’s happened to you–I don’t know.

Writing is like being in the heat–the time to stop is right before your brain and body are fried. The problem with that is, like the weather, that’s different for everyone, every project, and maybe even every day. That’s the difference between using a hot day as an excuse to slack off on one side, and not minding it’s 90 out and working 5 hours without fluids on the other. And almost everyone has a limit on how much creative output they can handle before becoming mentally tired.

Writing and life need balance among all the elements. That’s why we have setting, plot, and character, not just one or two. And we have openings, closings, and body copy for emails, not just one of the three.

Just monitor your mind and body no matter what you’re doing, and take breaks or switch projects before you totally conk out (and I’m at the top of the list of people who need to get better at that, no mistake).

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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