July 8, 2015

Wednesday, July 8.

Last night I finished an intensive deep edit on a friend’s manuscript. This edit was important to us both, and it took me more than two weeks of uninterrupted work time to finish. What a sigh of relief!

Editing for someone else can be scary, especially when we are friends. In the past I did it a lot, but then hard feelings erupted more often than not. These days, I only do deep edits for writers who are professional enough not to get bent out of shape by some tough critiques and suggestions.

It’s now time for me to move back to my own work.

But first…

I’m going to clean this house. I like to clean after intense, prolonged brain sessions. It’s relaxing. Besides, when writing/editing has me fully engaged at my desk, the dust bunnies get busy. Laundry multiplies. Things in the ‘fridge begin to grow fur. Bare feet stick to the floor. The rooms take on a “funny odor.” (And I don’t mean, funny-haha)  Ew.

The great thing about cleaning is that it gives my little gray cells a chance to unwind, if they want to. Most of the time, they are stirring the stewpot of ideas always simmering in my head. That’s OK. I have plenty of paper and pens scattered around the house. I can jot down those ideas and get back to scrubbing and polishing.

So tell me, do you find mindless chores (cleaning, mowing the lawn, washing the car, etc.) tedious or relaxing? Necessary or needless?

And tell me this: have you ever done something good for someone only to have them resent it, perhaps even sever a friendship because of it?

Comment here. I’d love to hear from you.

4 Replies to “July 8, 2015”

  1. I absolutely do find those chores helpful. Not only do they need to be done and remove annoying distractions, but they let my subconscious work without me. I try to write for about 50 minutes and then take a 15 minute break to get a chore done. I’m always surprised at how quickly the house gets tidy, but also how much more writing energy I have when I go back to the keyboard!

    1. I agree that taking a few minutes “cleaning break” gets the house clean. When I have dust and dirt collecting, it seems to call to me every few minutes. Thanks for your input, Kay!

  2. I agree doing something that doesn’t require much brain power is a good way to stop thinking about a problem, often an answer will come when we aren’t trying to force it. Doing chores stops them from being a distraction, if I am trying to write I cannot hide from the nagging wee voice at the back of my mind reminding me of something I should have done yesterday lol.

    The old adage no good deed goes unpunished is all too true I am afraid. That never seems to stop us trying to help though and maybe that is a good thing.

    1. I get my best ideas when I am doing something that takes me away from my desk. Bathing, driving, cleaning, TRYING TO SLEEP!!

      Let’s hope good deeds are at least appreciated, if not rewarded. 🙂
      Thanks, Lorna.

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