Do you ever get so bored you don’t want to do anything?



You’re sitting there like a lump on the couch or maybe you’re the tense type who paces and putsy’s when you’re bored. Whichever type you are, you know the feeling.

You’re so bored nothing interests you.

You pick up a couple of books, read the backs and maybe make it four pages in before you’re putting in the bookmark. You think about going for a walk or a drive, shopping or maybe a movie, but you’re too lazy too move. Your body is heavy and it takes great effort to turn the channel on the remote. Not that you’re watching anything. Not only is your motivation gone, so is your focus.

So, what can we do to turn this around? How can we take those idle times and make them work for us.


Instead of making your body do something it obviously doesn’t want to do, exercise your brain instead. Use this time (frustrating as it might be) to strengthen the plot of your story, or work out minute details of a character’s core development. Maybe you’ve written a short and you use this time to consider telling the story from a different POV. Or, after writing your final chapter, you realize the opening scene no longer works. Map the new opening in your head.

You don’t even have to lift a pen.

So, the next time you’re so bored you’re consumed with trying to figure out what to do, think about how to improve your story instead.

Leave your comments below. How do you deal with boredom?



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