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Thursday, 6 August 2009

Coffee Breaks

Coffee breaks are necessary, but you have to make the most of them. Don't swig it while you write. Sit back and enjoy every sip.

This is important because you need to feel that you have stopped, not simply refuelled. All workers need a rest and a chance to think - especially crucial for a writer. During pauses, you can regather your tangled ideas and sort them out, ready to move on afterwards. Give your poor brain a five-minute pause.

Remember to do it at the appropriate moment, not when you're in mid-flow. Savour the satisfaction of relaxing at just the right point. However, leave it at a place where you can easily continue, not at a finished and polished place. It is hard to pick up without one little loose thread to seize.

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