Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Time Out

Busy busy. It has been a crazy few weeks. Jumping from project to project, trying to switch publishers, begging favors off of friends. Yup, it is the 17th and it has already been an overly hectic month.

I am so tempted to issue a time out. For myself and my fellow writers. Maybe we could decide that every year on say September 20th, it is national Writer Time Out day. We can use this day to take a breather. Have writers get together for lunch and cocktails all over the country, no writing will be done this day. No promo. No editing. This day is OUR day damnit and we will relax, laugh, have fun, and enjoy the benefits of this lifestyle we have chosen.

Did you just get scared? Or did you breathe a sigh of relief at the thought of not being required to DO anything for just this one day? Is this an exciting prospect, or a terrifying one? Either way, I'd say you all need a vacation.

Granted, this is not a very controversial post. But so what. Perhaps today Getting a Grip means grabbing onto your sanity and screaming from the rooftop that our careers are not always as fun as they were supposed to be. Yes, we write because we love it. But you know what, I love a lot of things, but I don't bury myself in anything else the way I do with my writing. I don't eat chocolate until I get sick, until just the thought of LOOKING at a candy bar makes my head spin.

You cannot truly appreciate something until it is gone. Until you pause, walk away, and get your barings again. If it is not fun to turn on the computer in the morning anymore, perhaps it is time to not do it for once. Go out into the world, take 24 hours to let your creativity rest, let it stew, give it a day to ferment. It could be the best thing we ever do for ourselves.

XoXoXo
Dakota Rebel

5 comments:

  1. Guess we all reach a saturation level even in doing things that we love. We all need a change sometime, which will be refreshing and relaxing. It is important to keep our sanity intact!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great post, Dakota. I find that the only way I can be truly productive is to take breaks and resubmerge myself once I have fresh eyes. When I don't come up for air, the ideas blur and I find the work suffers for it.

    So, yes...take some time, kick back and put your feet up every once in a while. It could do wonders for sanity and your writing. :D

    ReplyDelete
  3. I have had a week long break from my work in progress and now find myself just the teeniest bit anxious to get back to it. So yeah... BREAK!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Excelelnt advice! So, where we meeting for lunch?

    ReplyDelete
  5. LOL. Well, I get paid on the 24th. So we will actually have a few days to figure that out this time instead of me springing it on you at the last minute.

    XoXoXo
    Dakota Rebel

    ReplyDelete