Chuckle, chuckle. I don’t charge to read my blog, silly. So you can have your zero cents back.
I did want to share what makes me work more efficiently.
You’re never going to guess.
What? You mean, we don’t get to be better writers by chaining ourselves to our laptops, staying up until 2 a.m., and sucking down copious amounts of caffeine?
Well . . . that works for some people. But for the majority of us, to write faster, more efficiently, and more creatively, we need our blood to flow properly to our brains (exercise) and our minds to be fully rested (sleep). I’m not going to start in with preaching about good eating habits (though I’m sure that helps, too<–says the chocoholic).
Did you know that 67.5% of writers* claim that they worked out plot details while walking in the woods? And an additional 33.5%* say that their story ideas come to them in extremely detailed dreams? The best is when you wake up and you’ve sleepwritten 2k words.
In all seriousness, there is plenty of scientific evidence (none of it cited here, of course) that exercise and good sleep habits lead to greater productivity and better memory.
It doesn’t mean you have to be training for a marathon or sleeping 12 hours a night to be a good writer. But it does mean that getting out from behind our desks a few times a week and shutting off our gadgets well before bedtime will be worth it in the long run.
For me, I try running 20-30 minutes three times a week–still working on the good sleep habits thing–and I am always amazed at how I come back from my run feeling ready to write.
Good luck, and good health!
*All statistics are totally, 100% invented.