All Work and No Play Makes for Dull WritersPosted: January 14, 2008
To change an old saw around, all work and no play makes Jack and Jill dull writers. When my words begin to sound dull to me, I know others will find them dull, too. But taking a break from work to lighten up a bit may perk up our writing. I spent one lighten-up break recently taking a tour of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” in Writer’s Yearbook 2008.
I really liked eighteenquestions.com. The site asks authors to answer 18 questions and posts their answers for you to read. More than 100 writers have already posted answers. According to WD, going to the site is a great way to get several opinions on particular writing issues. A bonus: If you’re a published writer, you, too, can answer the 18 questions and have your answers posted on the site.
At smithmag.net/sixwords/ I found a site that offers a fun contest: write on different themes using only six words. WD calls it a challenge that can help remedy writer’s block. I call it a fine way to take your mind off work.
If you have a birthday or anniversary coming up, make sure everyone you know bookmarks these two websites. At coolstuff4writers.com, they can buy t-shirts, sweat shirts, mugs, books, ebooks, and other cool writing-related stuff for you, including koozies for your cans of cola. At writesideout.com/ they can find an array of gear for writers you might like, from book cover art to wise-and-witty garments, bags, mugs and more.
Take a break from writing, and from all the negative news on TV and elsewhere, and go to refdesk.com to find lots of good stuff. Did you know that the first Mickey Mouse comic strip was released in 1930? The site covers good news from around the world and it provides a positive quote of the day (today’s was “Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength”). You’ll also find games, puzzles, daily humor, poetry, and a writer’s almanac by Garrison Keillor.
For the ultimate in relaxation, consider this, taken straight from the armchairinterviews.com/ website:
“Pretend you’re snuggled in your well-worn armchair, ready to dig into your favorite author’s latest book. Your slippered feet rest lightly on the ottoman, and you’re holding a steaming cup of aromatic Earl Grey. The room is quiet, your tabby cat is curled at your feet and the children are tucked safely in bed.”
If that doesn’t put you in the mood to relax and read a good book or listen to the online author interviews presented on the site, you definitely do need a break from work. Or else you’ll be stuck in Dullsville for a long, long time.
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