Yesterday I had my first break from writing since I finished my revision for my editor and there’s a few things I realized; while I was channel surfing yesterday.
when a writer says that they need a break, we need one for one of two reasons.
1 We’ve been writing non-stop, usually to make a deadline.
2 We have writer’s block and we can’t get through it.
Mine was as you already know 1, I had been writing non-stop, so it felt good to have a break. Heck your brain craves it.
Mine was saying, “For the love of god take a break before I go brain-dead.” Of course in my brain’s case it would just be dead.
So when you do have that break this usually happens; you’re sitting there relaxing, maybe sipping on some hot tea, when your fingers start to switch. At this point I have to put my cup of tea down because the twitching in my fingers has annoyed me, so I’ll shake it off forgetting that I had the cup of tea in my hand. I’ve stained my carpet so many times from doing that.
After cleaning up the spilled tea with brawny paper towels, you sit back on the couch and flip through channels. You settled in on a station and about two minutes in to watching it you think… Boy I’m so happy that I finally got to take some time off. I’m really enjoying my day off. Then two seconds later you think… God I am so bored.
Shortly after that thought passes through your mind, your left knee starts to jiggle and you think… Okay well I took the morning off, slept in, did my yoga, and played fetch with the dog. Now I really want to get back to writing. But then you think… Nah, this is my day off and I already made up my mind last night that I wasn’t going to write today.
Three hours later you’re sitting at your desk to the sounds of the keyboard keys clacking, and you’ve got a smile on your face; because you just posted an article on your blog that you think is witty, funny, and something that you think people could relate to.
Yep that’s usually what happens when writers have time off.