On Restless Minds (And Restless Bodies)

Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time editing this novel. (After all, what else is there to do when it’s this hot outside? My coworkers and I are considering a move to Alaska.) I’ve been fitting it in around full (or nearly full) work days, so until today, I’ve done a little bit here and there.

Today I had the day off, so I was able to immerse myself in this novel for hours. It felt so great! But halfway through, I found that my mind was wandering more than it should and I was getting uncomfortable. Usually, when my mind and my body gets restless while I’m writing, I get up to workout, which is what I did. That puts me at ease and I’m able to focus my attention completely on my writing again.
What about you? What do you do when you start to get restless while working on something, whether its writing or something else?
Now that I have surpassed my word count for the day, I can reward myself with the So You Think You Can Dance elimination and continue reading Veronica Roth’s Divergent, which has been sitting here, taunting me. “You want to read me, you know you do!”
Nah, I’m just kidding! Books don’t talk to me. Really, they don’t. *shifty eyes*

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    Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl
    July 27, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I like your idea of how to combat restlessness! Sometimes I also understand that maybe I just need a break and then come back to what I do the next day… But it all depends on what's that I do, of course.

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