If you've never heard a fiction writer moan about having wasted an hour or more playing computer Solitaire when she should have been working, you're probably new to the writing community. When a writer's mind begins to wander away from her work, she might give in and play a full-blown computer game (Age of Empires was my favorite for years) or opt for a few quick hands of Internet Hearts; but whatever distraction she chooses, she'll feel guilty. She'll endlessly berate herself for lacking the discipline to stick with her writing.
This morning I've been thinking that maybe we should stop kicking ourselves over this stuff. Anyone who's writing fiction for hours at a time is giving her brain a pretty good workout. Doesn't it make sense that we might need to rest once in a while? Spending a few minutes (okay, an hour) doing "nothing" on the computer is simply a way to relax and recharge our creative minds.
Playing games isn't a waste of time. It's a strategic retreat from the rigors of writing. Giving our imaginations an occasional breather prevents boredom and burnout, both of which would be death to our writing.
And now I believe I'll nip back over and play with Line Rider for a few more minutes (hat-tip to Clicked for the link). I've been making my hills too steep, and my little guy keeps falling off his sled.
Note to my techie pals: Would somebody with a Google toolbar please tell me what my PageRank is? I think they've recently given me a boost, because I've been getting way more traffic from them than usual. Just curious. No biggie.
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