How I Break Out Of A Rut
I am currently editing Walking Through Walls. And I'll be real with you, it's a beating. When you go from writing fresh content to editing what you wrote, it becomes glaringly apparent that what you wrote needs a lot of work. The right brain goes quiet and the left brain wakes up to clean up the mess that the artsy flake in the basement of your brain created.
Yesterday morning I dove deep into one of the chapters. As I got in there and started tooling around, it was like trying to untangle an impossibly tangled extension cord. It made me want to break something.
But then I realized something: I needed to get outside. I grabbed my running shoes and left the house to get some vitamin D and fresh air. And you know what, I came back refreshed.
We know that it's good for our mental health to exercise, but it's plenty easy to avoid it. During the month long period of editing the book I figured I could take a break from working out to provide more time to edit, but what I realized is that I cannot edit and create if I don't exercise. My brain just gets gray and rainy.
If I get in a rut, I get moving to find my sanity. How about you?