Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Sometimes Checking Out Can Mean Checking In

Over the Christmas holidays, I decided to check out of the social media, writing and blogging world for a few weeks and give my brain a rest.  I was having a hard time completing my revision of the book I was working on (WIP) and thought Christmas was the perfect excuse I needed to take a break and not to worry or frustrate myself over this dilemma.
The bliss!! No pressure. No deadlines. No guilt about not posting or maintaining a presence on FB or twitter. I was able to relax with my family and simply ‘kick back’.  Strangely, I didn’t even have a desire to write.

Yet, when I returned home and got back on the computer, something wonderful happened. Ideas and solutions poured out. It was as if my subconscious, seemingly relaxed over the vacation without any stress or pressure placed on it, had been hard at work. Within a few days I had completed the revision of my WIP, improved my query and synopsis (with help from a couple of my writing buddies of course), and was ready to move on to the next project.

Sometimes it’s really useful to simply chill and allow the brain to recoup and check in with what’s important in order to get the juices flowing.