Thursday, June 10, 2010

Butt-in-chair-itis

People who write full-time, how do you do it? I start to get a serious case of the heebie-jeebie numb bum about an hour after I sit down at the computer.
Most of my hobbies require me to sit down in a chair for an extended length of time. Usually I don't realize how crazy it makes me to sit for so long until it's too late, and the only cure is to scream, pull my hair out by the roots, howl at the moon, and run around the house 16.8 times until the heebies leave my system.
I don't know what causes the crazies: staring at a computer, sitting in a chair, bad posture, inactivity, etc. But once the crazies hit, there's no cure. I can't write anymore until I get some blood flowing and some oxygen in my brain.
Does sitting for a long time give anyone else the heebies? Or am I the only crazy one?

7 comments:

Talli Roland said...

I am all about schedules! I know I have to have my butt in a chair at a certain time, and I must stay there until the task is accomplished!

KarenG said...

I take a lot of breaks. Move laundry. Tidy up a room. Go look at the garden. Mindless things that keep my mind on my ms. but get my blood circulating.

Catherine Denton said...

It depends on the day. If I don't know where I'm going next in the story, I get the heebies! So I allow myself 15 minutes of freedom but I set a timer so I'll come right back.

Aubrie said...

Me, too! I have to get up and do something: talk a walk, do the laundry,and then go back to it.

MT said...

Hey, maybe you ought to use that voice recognition software. That way you can be up and about talking to your computer while 'he' takes it all down. ;)

Tara said...

I don't know how my husband, a computer programmer, does it. but maybe you need a super soft comfy recliner. :)

Keri said...

I need to glue myself to my chair or strap myself down. I really need to get writing more and I'm just not managing it. Curse you, procrastination!