Tuesday, December 16, 2008

To Write or Not to Write

The last couple of months, my F.A.I.T.H. sisters have been writing a blue streak. Each keeps the rest of us posted on their progress. I have to admit, some days I just sigh and wish it were me sailing through my manuscript. But I hit a speed bump in my writing. Well, in my story. One that required a time out to think and play with things. Yet with the holidays fast approaching, I knew I would stress myself out and fail to enjoy the season. Been there, done that. Not doing it again.

So I made a decision not to write. But what about all those people who say to write every day? What about the fact that I'm a writer, therefore I HAVE to write? That's when I made my next decision--to write on my personal blog EVERYDAY. Something I've never done in the two years I've had the thing. Okay, so I forgot to post the last two days. I'll be filling those in shortly. Promise :-)

In the meantime, I've had such a wonderful time. I've cleaned things that have been neglected for months. Yesterday, I shampooed carpet and cleaned upholstery. They now look (and smell) like new. I'm up to date on my wrapping. You have no idea how much I detest staying up late to wrap on Christmas Eve. And I'm too much of a traditionalist to use bags. My kids wanna tear the wrapping off :-) Then there's that whole thing about pretty packages under the tree, but that's just me.

And as I clean, I ponder. That speed bump is getting smaller, though it's still there. Looks like hubby and I will be having one major brainstorming session once all the holiday company leaves. And did I mention bubble baths? I've had two recently. More than I usually get all year. What great place to unwind and sort through your thoughts. Especially on a cold day.

What about you? Have you ever stepped away from writing? Why? What did you learn? What did you accomplish?

7 comments:

  1. Ahhh, Calgon, take me away....

    :)

    Enjoy your break, Mindy. I think sometimes we need to do that. A time to refresh. Fill your creativity well, as it says to do in The Artist's Way.

    I've taken breaks before, but usually not nice planned ones. Several years ago, I took a couple of months-long breaks after some painful critiques. I just lost all confidence and couldn't make myself write. But once I got going again, I was so glad to be back at it.

    You'll be all ready to jump in after the new year. In the meantime, you can come clean my house!!!

    Missy :)

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  2. Yeah, right. Not a chance, Missy.

    Now repeat after me, Calgon is our friend :-)

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  3. Ah, come on. My couch and carpet are really grimy.

    :)

    Missy

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  4. Nice! I've only stepped away from writing for about a week, and it was amazing what I got caught up on. Like you said, things around the house, etc.

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  5. Yes, I need those breaks. It does refill my creative well. But I fill it with other things--like traveling, genealogy, fun reading, or movie watching.

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  6. Missy, not a snowball's chance in . . . well, you get the point:-)

    Lynn, it feels so good to get these things accomplished.

    Jenn, my creative well is definitely being filled just doing things in another realm.

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  7. Mindy,
    I've taken time in the past also. Now I"m taking time now....no writing in December so far....well maybe the first couple of days. But my brain is working....

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