Saturday, July 09, 2005

What do you do when you aren't writing?

I'm taking a break from the grind this weekend...well, at least today. I have one of my feature spec ideas itching at the back of my brain and I feel I'll need to do some work on it before the weekend is over. Still, one whole day with no writing, no obligations, no "to-do's"...I don't know what to do with myself.

So, what do *you* do when you aren't writing?

So far, my best idea is to go hang out at Borders for a bit, maybe take in a movie (but I don't know what to see -- I'm not big on "The Fantastic Four")

What an unusual situation to be in -- all this time, don't know what to do with it.

12 comments:

Joshua said...

I really enjoyed the film Hustel & Flow, it opens soon . . . but I would avoid FF.

I read when I'm not writing, I'm addicted to books . . . so there's that. Reading is my heroin.

The Moviequill said...

OMG! We just got back from Borders (every second Saturday we go there to read The Trades and other fine literary magazines) plus I sneak a sit on the couch with my Chocolate Truffle coffee and read some of the writing books. Today it was Advanced Screenwriting by Linda Seger.
When I am not writing I am usually reading about it, scripts (I like to read the first dozen pages of many to get a feel for the opening snap, then I watch movies: tonight it was Hostage and Legally Blonde)

The Awful Writer said...

It's not too original, but when I'm not writing or working I like to watch movies. Saw FF yesterday afternoon. Posted my opinion of it on my blog. Saw Legally Blonde on TV last night, too. It's one of my favs. Hey Moviequill, what's your opinion of Advanced Screenwriting by Linda Seger. I haven't read that one yet and was wondering if it's worth the price.

Fun Joel said...

I try to engage my multiple other interests when I'm not writing, reading, or working (hey, I AM an enneagram 7, and an Aries!). Hang out with friends, communal meals, drink, smoke a good cigar, go hear a great band, sing karaoke, or just walk around and observe people! Of course, as a freelancer, I'm very frequently working when others aren't, and vice versa, which makes things difficult at times!

Moses said...

hmm, looks like I'm kinda boring. I'll watch movies and sports, bookstores also, walking the pooch, like to get outdoors with him, neither of us are big fans of the dreaded Leash. I don't really have any hobbies to speak of. Guess it boils down to walk, read, or watch.

Fun Joel said...

Well, I DID go to a movie last night! ;-) Finally saw Batman Begins. Liked it a lot! What did you end up deciding to do, Shawna?

The Moviequill said...

Jim (The Awful Writer) This Seger one isn't too bad so far. I am kind of reading it a bit each visit. One I did buy that inspired me a lot was Save The Cat by Blake Snyder

The Awful Writer said...
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The Awful Writer said...

'Save The Cat'? I hadn't heard of that one so I looked it up on Amazon.com. It's brand new and getting good reviews. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for mentioning it.

John Donald Carlucci said...

Research! Look for new ideas to store in the idea file. Scour the web for odd news and artciles.

And catch up on the (too many) writer blogs I read.

JDC

Emily B. Langton said...

After I finish up all the chores I've neglected while writing, my favorite indulgence is reading.

I don't allow myself to read novels when I'm in the middle of a project with a looming deadline. I tend to get sucked in and I can't put it down until I've finished. It's safe for me to take an hour or two and watch television or a movie, because those have a fixed beginning and ending, but books? I could be lost for hours.

Anonymous said...

I'm the exact opposite. I can speed read through a book I've already enjoyed (like one of the shorter harry potter books in just an hour or two). But once I start watching tv, I'm just a drone. Explains why I try to never turn it on anymore.