My Author Vacation by Debra H. Goldstein
Sometimes, authors take vacations. Not in the sense of a trip to Florida, California or Europe, but an at home mental break.
During the past week, I took one of those stay-at-home mentally checked out vacations. After pushing and meeting several deadlines, I deliberately forgot about writing. Instead, I focused on catching up with weeks of episodic television, books on my TBR pile, and daydreaming. Pure fun, but now, the itch to write is returning. I’m feeling relaxed and energized – a perfect combination to start a new project.
Writers often get so engrossed in the mundane that they forget to take care of themselves. Whether by overeating, not exercising, or simply worrying about the words that aren’t flowing, they stress themselves out. This potentially begins a vicious circle where one concentrates on the word count but ignores the most important factor behind a decent story or book.
Sometimes, in order to be our best, we need to step back and “smell the roses.” My method is to take mental break. What’s yours?