Writer’s Fat

Writer’s Fat is what I call the period of time between creative bursts of writing where I basically store up story ideas and carry them around inside me for a while before I try to “work them off” or shed the writer’s fat onto a blank page.

That’s what I’ve been doing lately.  Part of it is not by choice but rather, because I have been busy with other things.  The other part is that I just have not been in the mood to write.  I’ve been distracted but that’s not always a bad thing.  I didn’t manage my poem a day for the month.  I started to but then other things got in the way in the form of building a deck, lots of company, the urge to be outside because the weather has been beautifully warm  – until the last few days, that is.  Still, I’ve been visited by a number of ideas that I’m carrying around with me and am preparing now to commit them to paper (or Pages).

How many of you have “Writer’s Fat”?  Are you carrying it around rather than releasing it?  That’s not good either.  At some point you need to let it go and build up a new layer.  I’m guilty of doing that – of shoving down those ideas because I didn’t have something to write them down at that moment or was just too lazy to get up and document a good idea.

You see, writer’s fat can be good or it can be very bad.  It all depends on the person and what you do with that fat.  It will weigh you down and possibly choke off the flow of new ideas or become a very efficient conduit of creativity if you use it wisely.  Writing is to free the emotions that weigh us down internally.  Whether we realize it or not, we expose parts of our soul when we write.  Sometimes we don’t even realize it.  If we are true to ourselves – what we write – the truth of it – even if it is fiction – maintains a morsel of us – a peek into our innermost being.  Writing, good or bad reveals much about a person.

Sometimes I store up so much writer’s fat that when it is finally time to shed it, I can’t keep up with my fingers as they madly type – a mind and a will of their own.  When I go back to read what I have written – usually the next day, I cannot even recall writing it.  It is almost as if an entirely different person wrote those words.  I was in the zone and it is an amazing feeling.  It’s a lot like exercise.  At first, I hop on the treadmill and I’m just not “into” it.  But twenty, thirty minutes go by and suddenly I feel stronger – I push harder and the minutes disappear as they add up.  I’m in the zone.  That’s when your body really reaps the benefits of the workout.  Writing is much the same way.  That’s how I see it anyway.

I know, I know, you must think I am going crazy.  I’m not.  I just have a unique way of looking at things.  I like the way I see things.  It helps me with my writing and my imagination.  It helps me make sense of the way I do things and how others might as well.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  I hope you don’t either.

0 thoughts on “Writer’s Fat

  1. Right on! You bring up a good point…when writers do not write enough…they become mentally flabby as the ideas build up. It takes time to work offbecause the ideas are not as fresh and lean…and are difficult to really work out as efficientlyvas if we kept our writing muscles in tip top shape…writer’s fat…yes!

  2. Love your unique perspective. Writer’s fat. Made me giggle. I’ve got both literal and metaphorical writer’s fat piling up–better work it off! (The literal being the pinch-an-inch-or-more fat from sitting & writing. Lol)

  3. Brandon, thanks for the comment, although I was not suggesting mental flabbiness per se. I was more or less comparing it to hibernation and how a bear builds up fat in order to live through the winter as it sleeps. Convoluted, yes, I know. But I was saying that I personally feel like I need to build up my layer of writer’s fat at times or that the times between creative “outbursts” were for building up writer’s fat. Not that I was getting flabby for not using the writing skills. But more that we NEED those times – those in between times to store up new ideas. But I do get your point too. It’s just another way of looking at it. I just prefer to see my writer’s fat as a good thing and I think I did mention it could be good or bad.

    Mary, thank you! I’m dealing with both kinds of fat too. LOL. 🙂

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