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  • J. J. Hanna

To Binge or Not to Binge

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

If you spend much time on the internet, in book culture, tv culture, or nerd culture in general, you'll hear the term "binge" used fairly regularly.

If you're like me, you enjoy a good binge every once in a while.

That's what I've been doing recently. Bingeing. Reading. TV. Internet games.

So, maybe it's not the most productive way to spend time. But, maybe that depends on your definition of "productive." There is a reason writers tend to enjoy reading. We love stories, and absorbing other stories is one of the best ways we can get new ideas.

Bingeing is also a great way to rest. This time of the year is one of the hardest, simply because the end is in sight but it's not here yet.

For students, this is generally when we get a two or three week long break. We don't have homework, we don't have classes. It's a time to rest up for the coming months of activity and studies. But for those in the working world, their break doesn't come until Christmas actually arrives. When you push that hard for that long, it can be exhausting. So, when the weekend hits, it can be important to make sure you rest. Binge your way through a book. Listen to your favorite album on repeat. Go watch a new show or rewatch an old one, episode after episode after episode. Marathon The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. Let yourself take a breath, pause, and prepare for the coming busyness.

So if you're bingeing, that's okay. You'll go back to being "productive" tomorrow or the day after. For now, let yourself binge. You probably need the break.


J. J. Hanna is a Professional Writing major at Taylor University. In her spare time she makes YouTube Videos and Comics, and practices Karate at a local dojo. If you have a writing question, she'd love to hear from you! Reach out to her on the contact page. She is also looking for freelancing work, so if you have editing, beta reading, or writing needs, please let her know. Like what you see and want to get more content like this, or have your specific questions answered? Check out how you can support her on Patreon for as little as $3 a month.

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