The past week was not the one I expected. It started as a work week with Tuesday and Wednesday at WriteOnCon. But then we had a guest and he had a major itinerary for us. I assumed I'd write in the morning and meet them in the afternoon. Nope. I hung out with them 100%.
Everything comes around... I've commented on several blogs that taking a break is the best thing I do for my writing. Bleary-eyed on the main WIP, I go to the other one, or take notes on a third. When I return, I have better eyes for the project, less attachment to what needs to be cut, more clarity on what needs to happen next.
I plan my breaks. But this time I went with the flow and took nearly a week-long unplanned break.
The payoff was immediate. On the North Cascade Highway, it became clear how to approach the middle section of my main WIP. During a sunset sail, I knew I was permanently shelving a novel I'd been planning for several years. In the snow-filled crags of Artist Point between Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan I understood the setting for my current second priority novel. On a boat back from Victoria, we saw three pods of orcas and the main characters and the first and the last lines of new novel popped up. In the shower I changed the main characters.
Now I'm writing again. And it's clear that my week of fun was as helpful as a week of traditional at-my-laptop writing.
How does fun help your writing?
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