Friday, September 21, 2012
It's Okay to Take a Break
Fact is, I had a horrible flood in my kitchen and the whole thing had to be gutted right down to the studs. While insurance paid for most of it, we did a lot of the work to save on the deductible and to upgrade a few things. The good news is that I get a new kitchen out of the mess and as of today . . . IT IS DONE!!! Squeeeee!!!
The bad news is, I haven't written a single word for almost three weeks. I'm one of those writers who has to write every day or I feel guilty, like I'm not fulfilling my goals or something. Or like the handful of fans I have will be angry if my next book isn't out in record time.
Thing is . . . I was feeling a little empty and having a hard time focusing on my characters and story. I felt stuck.
Now that it's been so long since I've written, and actually gone whole days without thinking about my characters (GASP) I feel refreshed and ready to write again. And for the first time in a very long time, I feel like it's okay not to write every day. If I need a break or life leads me in a different direction, that's okay. I need more balance in my life and allowing some fun time mingled in with the work is healthy.
So, tomorrow I go back to work . . . to writing. And I'm sooo ready to crank out a best-seller.
Have you ever been forced away from writing only to realize you needed the break and are better for it? I'd love to hear about it.