The best bit of advice I gleaned from that post is . . .
Quit writing before you begin to lose energy for what you are doing, before you begin to trash talking your work, before you despair. Quit while you’re still in the flow, feeling good about yourself and the process of creating something out of nothing on the page.
How often have you written past the point of energy, stamina, desire? How often have you dragged yourself away from your writing - not in a good way - and then looked back the next day and thought: Holy Crap, Batman, this sucks?? Oh, c'mon, admit it, it's happened a time or two. It has for me and I know, just know, I can't be the only one out there who this has happened to at some point in the writing process.
So, you're in the flow the words are pouring out faster than your brain or fingers can keep up. Page after page is miraculously unfolding before your very eyes. You keep writing, writing, writing, revved up by the passion for the story exploding in your mind. You keep writing, writing, writing and suddenly fatigue sets in. Your eyes begin to burn. Your body - your mind possibly - is telling you to STOP! You keep writing, writing, writing . . . and all the brilliance disappears leaving you with a load of crapola!
Yeah, been there, done that, have multiple t-shirts . . . and rewrites to prove it! Ha!
So, heed the advice of the plot whisperer . . . stop while you are ahead. Stop with that last, brilliant sentence, paragraph, or chapter. STOP!
The flame of our writing inspiration is fickle enough as it is, without us burning it to a crisp by overworking ourselves.
There comes a time when we must, for the sake of sanity (if not the safety of the Universe at large) step away from our writing and journey back into the world of house, and kids, and animals, and obligations, and bills to pay . . . and all the mundane jazz that makes delving into our imaginations so much dang fun. We must stop every now and then, come up for air, and recharge our batteries.
The advice from the Plot Whisperer, or so it seems to me, is golden. So much so that . . .Quit writing before you begin to lose energy for what you are doing, before you begin to trash talking your work, before you despair. Quit while you’re still in the flow, feeling good about yourself and the process of creating something out of nothing on the page.