BIC or Pajama Day?
The next day everyone else in the family had a Boy Scout hike. Ten blessed miles. That meant I would have something like six interruption free hours. What to do?
I could take the BIC approach. For those of you not familiar with the phrase that means Butt in Chair. You sit down and write even if all you produce is crap.
Thanks, but no. I’d already done that, and I was frustrated beyond belief. I’m sure you understand the horror of struggling all day to produce . . . nothing. Did I really want to do that again?
The BIC crowd would have said yes, but I’ll let you in on a secret that I’m hesitant to admit. I’m not a BIC kind of girl. Any time you tell me that I have to do something without fail, I look for an out.
Fortunately, I saw an out and I took it. Instead of practicing BIC on Saturday, I declared my day alone Pajama Day. Pajamas during the day means one of two things: Either I’m sick or this is a relaxing, fun day. Obviously, I was opting for the latter.
Clad in flannel pants and a long sleeve t-shirt, I could have still put my BIC. Instead, I baked two batches of cookies while I listened to an audio copy of Louise Penny’s A Trick of the Light. I finished reading Debby Dahl Edwardson’s My Name Is Not Easy. I baked bread. I even took care of some business e-mail, not because I had to but because I wanted to. Pajamas have amazing powers to let me do what I want, not what someone else says I have to do.
What does this have to do with writing? BIC when I’m tapped out is nothing but frustrating. My writing doesn’t get better. It gets worse.
On Monday after Pajama Day, I was fully recharged. How do I know? I wrote approximately 2500 words and most of them were usable.
If you normally advocate BIC but seem to have hit a wall, try switching projects. If that doesn’t work and you simply cannot get the words to flow on any project at all, give yourself a Pajama Day. Or you might try a jeans and hiking boots day. Or a swim suit and flip flops. Whatever you wear, spend a day doing whatever you want.
You may be surprised at how the words flow when you sit back down at the keyboard.
Author Sue Bradford Edwards blogs at One Writer's Journey.