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Christyp
10-21-2013, 08:32 PM
How do you do it? lol I got my first cold in two years and I'm a helluva time trying to focus on my writing. Hell, I'm having a hard time focusing on making a coherent sentence.

What do you do? Do you muddle through, or take a break until you feel better?

Anninyn
10-21-2013, 08:35 PM
If it's bad enough that I'd take time off work, I take time off writing. Otherwise, I write, but am very gentle on myself, allowing myself to stop after 100 words if I want, or just writing *stuff* not relating to any projects. Once I'm in the recovery phase of any illness, I get bored easily so I spend time writing just to keep myself from getting stir-crazy.

But, I have learned my lesson about pushing myself too hard. It's such a personal thing. Lots of people are 'force yourself through' types, which is fine, but trying to follow that path when it came to physical and mental ilnesses did me a lot of harm.

stormie
10-21-2013, 09:12 PM
I take a break, if I can. Otherwise brain fog takes over and when I read back
on what I attempted to write, I laugh so hard I start coughing,
which then makes it hard to breathe,
which then lands me back at square one of feeling miserable.

Hope you feel better soon! :)

Now go rest.

Osulagh
10-21-2013, 11:18 PM
Depends on the person. I can power through a cold with ease, others need a couple days of laying face down in the sheets with a tanker of chicken soup and truckload of tissues.

If you can't think straight, then don't write. Abide your time by reading instead.

Siri Kirpal
10-21-2013, 11:21 PM
Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

If I can think clearly, I write. If I can't, I don't.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

Axordil
10-21-2013, 11:32 PM
The dreams one gets from some cold and flu medication, on the other hand, are worth writing down. They get intense.

T Robinson
10-22-2013, 12:31 AM
That is certainly a novel excuse to watch the Cardinals in the World Series. Tell me if it works.

Seriously though, do what you feel like. From experience, what would take a couple of hours while "normal" might take all day under the weather. It is sometimes more efficient to wait till the malignant germs pass along on their way to Boston or where ever they go.....

GingerGunlock
10-22-2013, 01:11 AM
Sometimes when I'm sick, I feel like doing nothing. I screw around on the Internet, I play video games, sleep, that's it.

Other times, I write. I was sick for a week last spring and wrote three short stories inspired by my fever dreams. It was a silver lining, to be sure.

If you feel cruddy and unfocused, but still want to write, take a break from your current projects and mess around with something else.

Aislinn
10-22-2013, 01:11 AM
Write a scene where someone has a terrible cold... ;)

HarvesterOfSorrow
10-22-2013, 10:13 AM
It depends on how sick I am. If I can manage it, I will write. If I can't, I will read. Being sick in bed (or in a hot bath, which will clear your sinuses) is a great way to catch up on reading. But your health is first and foremost. Don't forget that. Hope you feel better soon.

DancingMaenid
10-22-2013, 10:16 AM
When I'm sick, I keep thinking about my characters getting sick and lazing around in bed.

I normally take a break, but I don't really stick to a strict writing schedule to begin with. Writing is a pastime for me, not a job, so I don't treat it like a job.

Jamesaritchie
10-22-2013, 10:38 PM
Writers write. I feel no more miserable writing when I'm sick than I do when I'm lying around sick. I usually feel better because writing takes my mind off how I feel. So if I can write, I do.

Christyp
10-23-2013, 10:46 PM
That is certainly a novel excuse to watch the Cardinals in the World Series. Tell me if it works.

Seriously though, do what you feel like. From experience, what would take a couple of hours while "normal" might take all day under the weather. It is sometimes more efficient to wait till the malignant germs pass along on their way to Boston or where ever they go.....

Now I remember why I love you! CARDS!!!!!!!

Christyp
10-23-2013, 10:47 PM
I'm finally feeling human today, but still not 100%. I might actually try to write a little before the kids get home.

Filigree
10-23-2013, 11:04 PM
A second vote for fever dreams. I'd stopped writing original fiction for over ten years (no inspiration, too many early rejections, too busy with other career, etc) until June of 2009. I suffered through a very interesting bout of what we think was H1N1, and came out of it with some staggeringly intense, relatively coherent dream-stories, including the continuation to something I'd trunked years earlier. I scribbled down everything I could remember, and haven't stopped writing since.

But writing while out of my head sick? Not gonna happen. I'm a whiny baby.

wampuscat
10-23-2013, 11:37 PM
That is certainly a novel excuse to watch the Cardinals Red Sox in the World Series. Tell me if it works.

Seriously though, do what you feel like. From experience, what would take a couple of hours while "normal" might take all day under the weather. It is sometimes more efficient to wait till the malignant germs pass along on their way to Boston or where ever they go.....

Fixed that for you. :tongue

Honestly, though, when I'm sick, I find reading much more beneficial to my writing than actually trying to write much. Inspiration is a wonderful thing, as is laying lying in bed with hot cocoa.

Get well soon.

T Robinson
10-23-2013, 11:44 PM
Look, the Braves already got put out with their anemic hitting, so I just get to watch. I prefer the Cardinals simply because my father played on their farm team, many decades ago.

Christy will cut off your cookies and milk for changing her Cardinals.

Christyp
10-24-2013, 01:04 AM
Look, the Braves already got put out with their anemic hitting, so I just get to watch. I prefer the Cardinals simply because my father played on their farm team, many decades ago.

Christy will cut off your cookies and milk for changing her Cardinals.

I'll be cutting off way more than cookies and milk! How dare you blaspheme!!!!!! :rant:<----That's me saying a few choice words!

wampuscat
10-24-2013, 01:14 AM
I'll be cutting off way more than cookies and milk! How dare you blaspheme!!!!!! :rant:<----That's me saying a few choice words!

Well, maybe in a week we can be friends. :D

Christyp
10-24-2013, 05:56 AM
I should've just watched Revolution tonight! I'm about to punch the tv screen!!!!!

Roxxsmom
10-25-2013, 02:22 AM
Depends on how sick I am. A mild cold or headache or something, I can usually still get in the zone. If it were something where I had a high fever, I think it would be harder. Maybe if I were writing a scene where my character was really ill it would help me establish the mood, but it would probably be really hard to focus.

As for those people who can work on anything when they've got severe stomach, um, issues--I can only express admiration from a healthy distance. I had a friend who told me that when she was pregnant, that was her life for a while. Keeping the trash can close to her desk every day at work. I just can't imagine that (which may be one reason why I never had kids).

Becky Black
10-25-2013, 02:02 PM
I can usually manage to get something done if it's just a cold. As long as I don't have a headache. Can't get anything done then. If I can't write at all, or even read, or anything more mentally challenging than watch TV then I know it's flu.

mccardey
10-25-2013, 02:07 PM
Lots of people are 'force yourself through' types, which is fine.

me.

Kallithrix
10-29-2013, 05:41 PM
well, I'm sick RIGHT NOW and i want to write, but... siiiick...

*cough*

i have done some plot brainstorming tho, so my two days off work haven't been completely wasted. That and i've watched most of the films i recorded off the telly over the last 6 months :D

ETA: *cough*

ugh.

quicklime
10-29-2013, 06:02 PM
well, I'm sick RIGHT NOW and i want to write, but... siiiick...

*cough*

i have done some plot brainstorming tho, so my two days off work haven't been completely wasted. That and i've watched most of the films i recorded off the telly over the last 6 months :D

ETA: *cough*

ugh.


aww, sorry to hear that, Kalli. Maybe I can help:

Grab a seat. Pull it up to the computer. Just to start out, until your creative juices are flowing, type what I am typing.....it will help get you into the swing of things, sort of like a small plane launching the glider....



"My name is Kalli, and I am sick. I'd really like it if everyone cried me a fucking river, as I sat home and wallowed in self-pity and general wussitude.

*coughwhinecough*

I'm such a poor, poor baby, and whiny me, I'd like to write, but I just caaaaaaan't......"




you're welcome

Kallithrix
10-29-2013, 06:17 PM
aww, sorry to hear that, Kalli. Maybe I can help:

Grab a seat. Pull it up to the computer. Just to start out, until your creative juices are flowing, type what I am typing.....it will help get you into the swing of things, sort of like a small plane launching the glider....

Awww, thank you Quickie, i sure will try this out, seeing as you're being so sweet to me an all...




"My name is Kalli, and I am sick. I'd really like it if everyone cried me a fucking river, as I sat home and wallowed in self-pity and general wussitude.

*coughwhinecough*

I'm such a poor, poor baby, and whiny me, I'd like to write, but I just caaaaaaan't......"

Oh. I see what you did there.





you're welcome

Dick. :tongue

slhuang
10-29-2013, 06:22 PM
Can I join Kalli's whine fest? Right now I am basically watching Law & Order on Netflix and dicking around on AW . . . blergh . . .

Eta: Yeah, I see nothing wrong with giving oneself a break from writing when not feeling well. Much as I would like still to be able to write effectively under all circumstances.

Kallithrix
10-29-2013, 06:24 PM
Can I join Kalli's whine fest?

it's not my whinefest - why is everyone calling it my whinefest?! I didn't even start this thread!

*whiiiiiiine*

slhuang
10-29-2013, 06:34 PM
it's not my whinefest - why is everyone calling it my whinefest?!

All whinefests are assumed yours by default, Kalli. :tongue

If it makes you feel better, you also get winefests. That'll make your cold better, right? I hear hangovers are excellent for sinus infections.

Kallithrix
10-29-2013, 06:39 PM
All whinefests are assumed yours by default, Kalli. :tongue

I resent that remark. Only the whinefests? I want all the bitchfests too.


If it makes you feel better, you also get winefests. That'll make your cold better, right? I hear hangovers are excellent for sinus infections.

I have some wine in the fridge actually, but it's all the way in the kitchen and... siiiiiiick.... *flails*

kkbe
10-29-2013, 10:40 PM
Poor little kalli! On the bright side, maybe you'll cough up a chapter or two. Let the mucus be your muse.

ap123
10-30-2013, 12:00 AM
Is this BYO whine? I think I caught the cooties. :(