When writers are in "the zone" — their stories finally unfold and their characters start speaking in complete, intelligible sentences — it's easy to disconnect from real life. Here's a quick guide to knowing when it's time to turn off the wordy spigot for a bit.
The Top 5 Signs It's Time to STOP Writing
1. You've filled your notebook, drained your pens dry, and realized that winter has turned to spring.
2. When your family and friends ask you questions, your only reply is "Ugh," followed by an expressionless stare.
3. Your fingers have cramped into knots, and when you re-read what you've just written, you discover that you've repeatedly typed the word "OUCH" for the last three pages.
4. Your muse appears. Holding a sign that reads "ON STRIKE!", she vigorously marches back and forth in front of you.
5. You've reached your deadline.