Did you ever stare at something so long it hurt your eyes? Or stare at the eclipse :) ?
That’s how I felt after looking at just one picture book manuscript after over an hour.
It may not sound like much, but there were four colors of Sharpie markings all over it based on three critique partners feedback, and my own edits. So, yeah, OW MY EYES HURT!
I made changes onto Scrivener on my iPad, and began looking through that. But, the damage was done.
They didn’t literally hurt, it was more focus. I just couldn’t do it anymore.
I tried to go to some poetry.
I tried another manuscript.
Maybe next time I’ll set a timer if I know I want to look at just one 450 word manuscript. Take a break after twenty minutes, do something else, then get back to it. Of course, I’d have to set a timer for my reward time.
I do have an app called ‘Be Focused’ which I LOVE, but haven’t used in quite a while. I have it set for twenty minute work periods, with five minutes of reward rest, then it resets itself. I’ve used it successfully in the past, I just need to get to it again.
Would it have helped the other night?
Who knows. But it wouldn’t have hurt.