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?

One comment

  1. I’m right there with you. Playing with my kids helps, but so does taking walks and doing something (anything really) that I don’t normally do. Getting out of the box a little bit, of my daily activities.

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