Vacationing from Writing

Aug 10, 2010

I'm back from the fabulousness of Disneyland! Not only did I have a blast with my family and get to enjoy my son's constant excitement, I learned something interesting about writing.

It's good to take a vacation from it.

I got virtually no writing done on the vacation. (Duh, 'cause I was on VACATION!) I barely even thought about my wip. And then something amazing happened. When I started revving up my writing gears again, everything seemed so clear. I could see how my pacing was off. I realized where my character development was lacking. I knew which scenes I needed to tweak to bring in things that were missing.

In other words, I got perspective. After a week of zero writing-related thoughts, I came back to my story seeing it as a whole. Not only did that give me a better idea of what things to fix in a future rewrite, but it helped me better understand where to go next.

I always knew it was good to take a break from your work once you're done with it. Who knew a mid-wip break could be just as helpful?


MTeacress said...

That's wonderful. I agree - a break can really help us see clearly when we come back to our wip. That's one of the reasons I like to work on a few projects at once too. If I work on one, then work on another, then come back to the first, I can see more clearly which way I should go next. :)

M Pax said...

I love when perspective happens. Woot! Glad you enjoyed your trip and time off.

Candice said...

I took a writing break this summer when things got hectic. It really made me excited to get back to it. Sometimes you just need a little break to miss the things you love.

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