For most writers, having a writing career means:
- Having a 9-5 job or other day commitments
- Managing the demands of family
- Juggling, juggling, juggling everything, including their writing.
And with the Easter holidays upon us, I’m guessing that some of you will try and use this opportunity to catch up on your writing.
I’m also guessing that means writing until the late hours, in a fierce bid to complete these writing projects.
Having just completed a writing marathon myself, I’ve come to the conclusion that caffeine is definitely not the best answer for those long writing nights. In fact, what kept me going were some caffeine-free beverages, some which I share below.
Here are my three recommended drinks for late-night writing.
Roiboos or redbush tea grows only in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. A refreshing drink, it’s caffeine and calorie free and is also packed full of minerals to give you the extra burst of natural energy you need for those late nights.
Lemon, ginger and honey
A personal favourite. Put a slice or two of lemon in hot water, add some ginger for extra zing and settle down for an invigorating evening in front of the computer.
I tend to drink peppermint tea in the final hour of my late-night slog. Call it a ‘wind-down’, something to take me through to the finishing line, while at the same time, get me relaxed and ready for bed. A win-win, I say.
Other tips to get you through a writing marathon
Take regular, five-minute breaks. Make sure you walk around for a few minutes – away from the computer. It really does help.
Have some snacks nearby. I don’t mean cakes and all that, because all that will happen is that you’ll get a sugar rush and a terrible come-down straight after. Try some almonds, dates or even, a granola bar.
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