I’ve been revising my WIP like crazy. The other night as I stared at my computer screen the words all started blurring together. This could be because I lost my glasses, but I think it’s mostly because I’m on overkill. It’s time to take a break and get some distance.
I’ve been doing other things that I’ve proudly ignored in the name of getting my writing time in. Things like cleaning my desk, de-cluttering the drawers, hanging pictures that have been stuffed in closets while I was painting months ago, dusting my book shelves, (eesh! Pretty thick!) and also drawing and painting with my kids. It’s been a nice past few days and I’m realizing how tense and overloaded I was.
I’m the type of person that thinks, “If I don’t do it today I may never do it.” Motivation has never been my problem, but there needs to be balance. You do have to slow down sometimes and enjoy life. I didn’t realize how cluttered not only my house was, but also my mind. They’re probably fairly connected. I also didn’t realize how much I needed to connect with my kids. The days seem to be so filled with running around and trying to get things done; laundry, meals, bathing, brushing teeth, etc. But what a joyful thing it was to sit down and draw flowers and houses with my six-year-old. My two year old asks me to draw Elmo and myself over and over.
I’m taking the weekend off and I have a feeling that when I get back to my writing on Monday it will flow a lot better. You can’t draw water from an empty well, so every now and then take a break from your work and fill up!
And while we’re on the subject, what things do you do to refill your well of creative energy?