Your body often tells you things you ignore and continue pushing it, to keep working. Keep writing. Keep sticking to that word-count goal, or page-goal, or whatever goal you have.
This is counterproductive to your writing.
Your mind sits in your body—inside your head—and it’s nothing more than a bunch of fat, blood, and nerve cells. And other tissues the names of which I don’t know. And if’s missing something, it won’t functioned properly, no matter how much you try to force it (you know that when you force your writing, it’s usually shit, and you have to re-write it anyway, so why waste time?).
Listen to your body. Listen carefully, and do what it tells you.
If you feel sleepy, nap.
If you feel hungry, eat.
If you feel restless, go for a walk. Exercise. Get your heart racing.
If you feel irritable or resentful or dispirited, check your boundaries. Did you allow something to trickle into your life—something that you don’t want to do, something that won’t lift you up, something that’s serves someone else’s agenda and not yours? Say no to it. If you already said yes, apologize, and say no. Don’t explain. Simply get it out of your life. Use this post as a guide.
I thought so.