It’s May bank holiday Monday here in a very sunny England and I haven’t done any writing for five days. It feels good to say that actually, normally I’d say that with some sense of shame – because I love writing – but this week I’ve needed the rest.
For the past two months, I’ve been getting up early to write every day. It’s gone well, the second novel in the series I’m working on is now just under fifty thousand words – I’m aiming for it to be around 65.
But, in the middle of last week I just felt burned out, I was tired, the ideas were coming slowly and I was doubting everything I put on paper. So, I made the decision to have a break.
I took a few days to distance myself from the project, spent some time with the people who are important to me, watched a bit of TV, and sat in the sun.
In a minute I’m going to reopen my Scrivener document and I’m going to pick up from where I left off and I hope to write 1,000 words. If I don’t that’s ok – but I’ll try.
It’s important to remember that creativity is hard. You need a fertile garden to grow beautiful things, likewise, you need your mind to be fertile for the ideas to sprawl onto the page.
Although turning up to get the job done is important, something I stand by most of the time, it’s also important to know when you need some time away.
If you need a break – take it – absence makes the heart grown fonder and your characters will thank you for it when you’re back!
How do you relax as a writer?