We all do it. Mostly because if we didn’t write when we were tired the writing would screech to a cataclysmic halt from which there would be no return (wow, that was way too much hyperbole). Here are my 5 reasons why I shouldn’t be writing when I’m tired.
1. I tend to use more hyperbole when I am tired. Lots of it. Huge and all-consuming masses of hyperbole that drip all over the page like the blob devouring a cinema full of movie-goers.
2. I also tend to overuse similes when I am tired. Probably because I start thinking very literally and I over-compensate by adding in similes. I can always tell how tired I was when writing something by how many times I have used the words ‘like’ or ‘as a’. It is kind of odd given I use very few similes in my actual writing by the time I finish editing because most of them turn out to be utterly superfluous.
3. Typos. Far too many ‘teh’ and ‘wat’ and all sorts of other silly errors that I would almost never make except when I was feeling like I was hit by a truck and then had to walk home. And if I do make these errors, I normally catch them, except when I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck and then had to walk home.
4. Repetition. I repeat myself too often. I become redundant. I guess in my head I assume everyone is as tired as I feel right at that moment and so I repeat myself, becoming redundant.
5. This one probably isn’t a common problem for most people but when I’m tired I have this nasty habit of killing off my characters. The next time I sit down to write I have to back the story up, bring them back to life so I can get on with the story but my brain just seems to send these characters blithely onto their deaths while I’m tired. It can make for some truly spectacular death scenes that utterly and completely destroy any plot I may have had.
There you have it. 5 reasons I shouldn’t be writing when I’m tired. What are yours? Or does your creative side kick in with exhaustion?
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