Yep, the Writing Life is back along with the rest of my blogging. (And you can read more about my hiatus from my biz/entrepreneur side right here.)
Now, while I have taken breaks from being an entrepreneur (which were not always smart decisions nor even fully planned out but that’s for another day and another column) speaking from my writing side, I really don’t take a lot of writing breaks. Since I’ve been writing for a living for like, well, it feels like forever, the only real breaks from writing is when I’ve taken an unplugged vacation (which until recently have been few and far between — I’ve gotten better at unplugged vacations in recent years).
But this time, I took nearly a month off (with only a few exceptions). I decided to not worry about my blog or my book and just relax and fully recharge.
And, I have mixed feelings about it.
On one hand, deep down I knew it was the perfect thing for me to do at that time. I just could not handle pushing myself one more step. I was exhausted and needed to time to breathe and be present, instead of focusing on getting “one more task done.”
Another good thing was how I was able to let go of the “writer’s guilt.” Usually I get stuck in my mantra “writer’s write” so when I don’t write, I start either feeling guilty or feeling like maybe I’m a pretend writer.
This time, I made a conscious decision to not only take a break from writing but take a break from beating myself up for not writing. (If you can relate, I highly encourage you to make that same conscious decision the next time you want a break from writing or whatever you need a break from.)
On the other hand, it’s a little like exercising. It takes me awhile to get back into the swing of writing again. I find when I start I don’t have the stamina and have to build up to it. The ideas take some time to start flowing again after having been ignored and allowed to die on the vine. (Ideas don’t like being ignored. Neither does the muse — which is probably why she also gives me the cold shoulder for awhile after I take a break.)
In other words, I’m feeling soft, pudgy, out of shape, and that I’ve gained a few pounds.
So, I’m starting slowly and easing my way back into it. (And yes, that also means I’m not allowed to beat myself for working my way back into “writing” shape as well.)
I’ll keep you posted.
Until next time.
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