Post By Kerrie Flanagan
Last week I reveled in a much needed vacation. My immediate family, along with my extended family (18 of total), enjoyed a Caribbean cruise. I kayaked in the ocean in Grand Cayman, I ziplined through the jungle in Roatan, I snorkeled by the Great Barrier Reef and I drove an ATV in Cozumel. Hanging out with my family and having someone else cook for me all week, was also a big plus.
To get the most out of my time off and fully recharge my writing batteries, I had to turn off my writing brain for the week. The first day or two are always a challenge, but then it gets easier. Occasionally an idea would knock on my door. Rather than ignore it, I would acknowledge it and tell it to come back next week. This allowed me the time and space needed to completely relax or immerse myself in our mini-adventures.
I am back now, a little sunburned, probably a few pounds heavier (but so worth it) and adjusting to having to cook for my family again. The ideas I sent away last week are slowly coming back, but because I took time for myself, I am in a better place to receive them and am excited to get back to my writing.
In my opinion, it is imperative that we occasionally take a complete break from our writing and focus on ourselves, our family, gardening, reading, knitting, biking... anything to allow our creative brain some time to recharge. We will be rewarded with clearer ideas, flowing sentences and renewed energy.