Shopping and Recharging

Happy Friday!

The illustration for this post in the grand central hall of Wanamaker’s department store in Philadelphia, currently owned by Macy’s.

When I’ve been writing for several hours and my brain has been emptied onto the page, I often spend the afternoon shopping. Not for books, but for things like clothing or toiletries or household supplies. Not necessarily to buy anything, just to wander and look at the merchandise and watch the people. I think of it as refilling my brain.

How about you? How do you recharge?

Related Posts: Resting, Or Not-Writing and Reading for the Writer.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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10 Responses to Shopping and Recharging

  1. Jeannie Lin says:

    I like to run errands like go grocery shopping. I know it’s weird, but it gets me away from the computer and I can let my mind zone as I stare at spinach and apples. My brain waves go completely beta and I zombie out a bit.

    I do write and work from home so my butt gets stuck in this chair. I need to get a life, don’t I?

  2. Victoria Janssen says:

    I think it’s the same kind of thing, just a different location. Beta waves, yeah.

  3. Fae Sutherland says:

    I usually recharge by zoning out playing video games. Either Final Fantasy games on a console or Sims 2 on my computer. Either way works as complete mindless entertainment, no real world thinking involved and it helps me charge back up after being drained when I finish a heavy burst of writing or after a long day of brain-breaky edits lol.

  4. Emily Ryan-Davis says:

    I shop, read or sleep depending upon the intensity of the writing in question. Early this month I write a short novella draft in a weekend and spent the day in the middle napping and eating.

  5. Victoria Janssen says:

    Fae, I often play Free Cell BEFORE I write, oddly enough. I am terrible at video games, though.

    Emily, I often nap after the shopping–it makes it seem like a new day when I wake up, and I can write again in the evening.

  6. Katie Reus says:

    I clean the house (like super spring cleaning), go to the beach, and/or I also catch up on reading.

  7. Victoria Janssen says:

    I wish I had a handy beach to visit in the afternoons….

    Reading I have to be careful with. It can’t be anything TOO fun, or I won’t go back to writing.

  8. Elise says:

    I read.

    Well, once in a while I’ll do something crazy like go on a date with my husband. I’m nutty like that.

  9. Jenna Reynolds says:

    Either I watch a movie or read. Sometimes I take a walk. What I like about walking is that if I had some knotty plot problem come up during the writing, lo and behild, I usually solve it during my walk. Haven’t been walking lately, however, as need a better pair of walking shoes. :)

  10. Victoria Janssen says:

    Walking works really well for me, too. I think that’s part of why the window-shopping works so well–I’m moving the whole time.

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