Ten Tips for Taking Time Off
The holidays are looming—Christmas, Boxing Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Epiphany. How will you celebrate? Hopefully you’ll take a break from your WIP and spend time with family and friends.
Do you know why this is important? It’s because you can’t write about life if you don’t take time to live it. And if you can take a break you will be ready to write like crazy when the new year comes.
Some of you may be up against impossible deadlines but if not, this is the perfect time to recharge your batteries and stoke that creative fire. Here are ten tips:
- Do something totally non-writing related. Something you’ve wanted to do for a long time. Just make a promise to yourself you won’t collect dialogue, jot down setting descriptions or find a quiet corner to sneak in a little writing time.
- Request at least one non-writing related gift. You might find that a non-writing-related gift is just the thing to get those creative juices flowing.
- It’s okay to go to your writer’s group Christmas Party but promise to attend other parties where no one has a clue which books are on the New York Times Bestseller Lists. Non-writers may have some interesting insights. (It could happen.)
- Sit through an entire holiday meal without correcting the grammar of a single guest.
- Read like crazy. Nothing will whet your writing appetite more than reading great books.
- Read a classic to a little one. (Remember that wonder and imagination?)
- Do some of the chores you neglected because of deadlines. Your family will love you and nothing gets a writer unstuck faster than mindless work.
- The new year is a perfect time to rethink your direction. Dream.
- Don’t fall into temptation. Leave that Nanowrimo masterpiece in the drawer. The time apart will only give you perspective.
- Have fun! Laugh. Enjoy your family and friends. It will make you a better writer.
Your turn. What do you plan to do over the holidays?