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    Does anybody feel ill when writing/being creative?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Florent150, Dec 30, 2010.

    It's a bit strange, but I often feel very sick if I've been concentrating on novel creation for extended periods. Just a nausea, and it's pretty irritating and immediately kills your ability to concentrate. It's not quite so bad when writing but I get it a lot when I'm brainstorming or doing concept art or anything inherently creative.

    I used to play video games quite a lot when I was younger, for hours on end and I never had/have any problems doing that. When trying to work on my novel though I get ill after an hour or two. Strangely it's usually not headaches like I said, it's almost always nausea.

    thoughts?
     
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    are you eating properly and drinking lots of fluids ?
     
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    Sometimes nervousness = nausea

    Do you feel anxious or nervous at all about anything while being creative?
     
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    I drink plenty of fluids all the time; I get very uncomfortable if I'm not fully refreshed. I don't eat tons, just my meals and a snack maybe in between.

    And yeah, I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I spend a great deal of time fretting over detail, going back and forth mentally etc. I never really thought about it...
     
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    I think you should seek some medical advice. I would prefer a psychiatrist..and that does not mean you are crazy. A good doc could give you something to help you relax those.."it has got to be perfect thoughts". Tell the doc mental how you feel before and during your nausea.
     
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    It's probably nervousness, then. It might be just something you have to deal with if you really care about what you're doing and you have a thin skin.

    Fight through it and finish your novel. Then look at it after taking some time away from it, and see if it's as good as you were trying to make it. If it is, use that fact to thicken your skin - you're as good as you hope you are and the nervousness should fade, and the nausea along with it.
     
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    This to me sound extremely insulting. She/he might need some medicinal help..

    It does not matter how much she/he cares about what he/she are doing or if he/she has "thin skin".. having mental illness/issues is not a choice.

    You basically just said that if he/she can't get over nausea and her/his feelings then she does not care about what she is doing and that her skin is too thin...which is NOT true.

    She/he may have a legitimate medical problem that needs attention.

    Edit to add= nervousness and nausea are probably symptoms not the problem
     
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    maybe try eating a little bit more or drinking orange juice while you are writing. You are using energy, concerntrating etc It is possible your blood sugar levels fall a bit. You have said you are a person that needs to be refreshed with water.

    I have fibromyalgia - I notice when precious energy is leaving like a healthy person wouldn't. Try a healthy snack, maybe drink a tad more water, and have some orange juice for if you do feel queasy. It may not help it could be nerves but it maybe simply your body needs taking care of in a different way when you are writing. It maybe worth having blood sugar levels checked as well.
     
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    Using your brain in any kind of focused activity is burning pure sugar faster than any other activity. Yet, you don't move around, so muscles can't work and trigger the mechanism that converts fat to sugar - the result is a serious drop in blood sugar, which results in all the symptoms you describe.

    Before you run off to a shrink, try Googling low blood sugar and eating small, frequent snacks. Fruit is a fast sugar fix without spiking your glucose.

    This is a common problem with writers, poker players and other gamers, who sit for long periods doing serious mental work. Our problem is, when we are creating, when we are engaged, the world goes away and who remembers to eat?

    No high-sugar junk food. Really, try Google.
     
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    Oh yes, I always do. As long as you can put up with it, I'm not sure it's necessarily a bad thing. I get more done when racked with anxiety and other feelings.
     
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    That is an odd one...could be physical but my instinct isn't so sure...

    When I create (I do graphic design too), I get myself in to a zen-like state. I play some music but something chilled and with a little groove to it. Then I just let me brain go. Even though I focus on what I'm writing or designing, I am not sitting there with a furrowed brow, sweating over each detail. The details make themselves evident when I'm in zem world.

    My point is that you may want to look at the atmosphere you create when you create. Like you'd said, you could game for hours. I'd assert that is because you could hang in that zen deal I mentioned above while gaming.
     
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    I feel the same way that my characters do when I'm writing them. There's an upcoming part in my current story where my characters have to go through a plagued town, and I'm dreading writing it. My characters are going to feel nauseated in that part just by seeing what's going on around them, and I'm sure I'll feel a bit queasy as well.
    As others have said, this is probably just anxiety. It might not be to the point where you're about to crap yourself, but when you're focusing so intensely on something, it can make you a bit on edge or frustrated sometimes, which means you're anxious, which = nauseated.
     
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    Hi Texico
    I do sometimes feel a bit anxious (never nauseous) when I am writing.
    To be on the safe side, why don't you pop in to your doctor's surgery and have a quick word with the practice nurse. If you live in the UK you could phone NHS Direct.
    I suggest these options because if it is caused by low blood sugar or whatever you may only be a phone call away from getting the best and correct advice.
     
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    Thanks for the comments, i'll take them on board (y) It's a bit weird. I might go see a doctor if trying to manage my blood sugar levels doesn't work. :p
     
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    weird!... i'm with purple on saying you should consult a doctor first, shrink next, if it's not something medical... not other writers, since this is not a 'normal' side effect that goes with being creative...
     
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    When you are thinking a lot, making your brain work hard, ÿou are burning up calories very fast, and if your glycogen and electrolyte levels are low, you will suffer the symptoms you have described. Get more protein in to your diet. You need water but not so much that you flush stuff out of your system.
     
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    I know this is kind off topic but...
    Thinking burns calories >_> :O?
     
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    The energy for making those synapses fire ha to come from somewhere.
     
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    sorry, but thinking and physical movement are two different things... people are thinking all the time when awake [and brain's being used while asleep, too], so if what you say is true, there'd be no fat folks...
     
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    Thinking uses calories just not at the same rate as running. Like with exercise different level of thought uses different amounts of energy. You cannot move without thought it is the start of the process, basic movement therapy teaches if you cannot do the movement properly think through it and it will eventually train your body to do it.

    If you are working to a deadline then the adrenallin will kick in using up calories at a significantly higher rate. Hence the extensive use of chocolate/coffee many students require the night before a deadline.

    If Texico finds the writing process intense emorionally and it uses adrenallin in her body then she will need sustenance whilst doing it to replace the fluids and blood sugars. A little bit of anatomy knowledge and nutrition knowledge like for exercise can also increase your ability as an academic :) Hence the number of fit looking young professors. In order to be the best in their field they need to eat well and exercise. We were treated to a course on it at the start of my history degree - ways to increase and improve brain power.
     
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    Sorry you are so uninformed. Look it up. Doing mental work - not just daydreaming over folding the laundry, uses more calories per hour than many physical activities, including jogging.

    The brain runs on pure sugar, essentially. Of itself, it has no way to convert fat to sugar. Doing any hard mental work, causes low blood sugar.

    Your opinion notwithstanding.
     

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