Greetings My Lovelies!
I hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday. I hope that it’s not too cold, too wet, or whatever where you are.
Today I’m gonna talk about a problem that I run into all the time edit burnouts. If you don’t suffer from this, then you are one lucky person. But for those of us who do, it sucks.
Editing burnouts are (for me at least) hell on earth. I stare at the page but I don’t see anything. I end up rereading the same words over and over and what I do rewrite is often littered with mistakes or even worse than what I took out.
So here’s 5 ways to avoid editing burnouts.
1. Play movie or game soundtracks
Movie and game soundtracks are made to be noticed but unobtrusive. Basically, they’re the perfect background noise. Now to fully take advantage of this technique, I would highly recommend instrumental soundtracks only.
2. Play an ambient mixer
Kinda similar to number one but not quite. Ambient mixers can be made to sound like whatever you like. If you go to http://www.ambient-mixer.com you can find pre-made mixers for Hogwarts, The Tardis, Narnia, and so many more. I like the Hogwarts ones, they put me in the right frame of mind to edit.
3. Take breaks
Set a timer for 20 mins -1hr, however long you think you can constructively work. When the time goes off, save your progress and take a 5 min break. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
4. Do some housework
If you’re like me, the housework (or as I call ’em domestics) often get pushed to the side. I always tell my hubby that domestics can wait. But when you’re editing and you feel yourself starting to get fuzzy brained, do some housework. Go load and unload the dishwasher. Fold a basket of clothes. Clean the toilets, whatever it is that you’re getting behind on. Doing housework helps to clear your mind because it’s such a menial task. Give your brain a break.
5. Go take a walk
When you feel yourself getting fried, get up and get outside. Try and soak up some vitamin D and freshish air. Walk at a park, by a pond, around your block. Just get out and give yourself a different setting for a while. You’ll be amazed at the results.
So there you have it. Five ways to avoid editing burnouts. Have you done some of these before? What do you use?
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See ya next time!