Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Feeling Rebellious I tell ya!

I'm feeling a little rebellious this week.

Serious. I ate a whole bag of chocolate chips to prove it.

So I'm unplugging. Getting some of that treadmill loving in my life. Plus I have to prepare a lesson I'm giving this week and having a hard time finding any time.

Which brings me to lesson from LTUE.

Take time for yourself.

We writers seem to eat, sleep, and dream about our stories and characters. Sometimes it helps the creative process to take a break (or eat a bag of chocolate chips...).

So, I'm taking a break and hope to be better next week. What are your thoughts on breaking from writing for a while? Does it help you?

30 comments:

L.T. Elliot said...

I love Fluffy the Destroyer. He's just too cute.

Have a great time off and get those batteries recharged. =D

Kristina P. said...

My breakfast with Thin Mint ice cream! Yay!

salarsenッ said...

Take time for yourself. What a concept. I so need to try that. You're wonderful. Thanks for inspiring me to take a bit of time for myself. It will have to be next week, though. lol

Patti said...

I think it helps to unplug for a while. It rejuvenates you. Good luck on your lesson, I need to prepare one myself.

Jamie Burch said...

Little breaks are good for me, too. It's the long ones that I have to be careful of!

Good for you taking some time. Recharging is very important! Enjoy! Oh, and good luck with your lesson.

Take care...:)

Yamile said...

It's good to take a break. You come back to your work with more energy and inspiration. Good for you!

Shari said...

That puppy is the cutest!! Even with attitude. Unplug and revitalize yourself. I think it feels great and helps to get back on track. Have a great week!

Mary Campbell said...

Breaks are good. I took a break from my writing over the summer and I feel like it helped me a lot. Now if I could just take a break from cleaning the house...

Kimberly said...

Battery recharging is definitely necessary at times. I find it helps when I CHOOSE it. When I take time off from writing because I've been swallowed by the chaos? Not so helpful. When I consciously choose to back off for a few days, get out, experience life and revitalize myself? Yeah...that's when the good times roll. =D

Good luck!

lotusgirl said...

I took a break last week and it was nice. Sometimes we need them.

Summer Ross said...

a break is good! Enjoy yours! rest relax- do something great for yourself!

Sara B. Larson said...

Have a great break! Sometimes it's just what we need. :)

Carolyn Abiad said...

Fluffy used to live at my house - only we called her Phoebe. :)
PS. Thanks for the chocolate-eating excuse...I've got a bag of Cadbury mini eggs here looking at me.

Rachel said...

Good for you, and don't feel too bad. I've done the choc chip bag, too. Not to mention I have boxes and boxes of girl scout cookies at my house :) Enjoy yourself!!

Jolene Perry said...

As soon as I tell myself I'm taking a break - my brain solves the problem and I find myself back at my computer.
I really do think my husband is hoping for writer's block... though, he admitted the other day, he doesn't really want to see what that would look like either.

Nichole Giles said...

Yes, time off always helps me. My brain needs it sometimes.

And a whole bag of chocolate chips? Carolyn! Shocking.

Have a great week with your treadmill and good luck with your lesson.

Becca said...

I love taking breaks. From blogging, from email, and even from working on books.

Sometimes long breaks. Really long ones.

It is good to break. It is good to come back, too.

The end.

David Powers King said...

Absolutely! Never too long, though. If you're in a groove, you want to maintain that momentum by not having more than a "one day" break. Plus I love to watch movies. Good fuel source for new ideas and blocking.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Sometimes I need time to think - which doesn't always involve putting any words on paper. But time without any writing-related activity at all...? I think I'd go mad! :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Enjoy your time "off." Have some fun down time....I tend to dream more about writing when I'm not being productive on paper. Last night I swear I woke up and saw a pink fairy in my bedroom. I closed my eyes and it was still there! I think it;s a sign I need to write that fairy story I've been thinking about....What do you think? (wink)

Lynn said...

Glad to know I am not the only one who digs into bags of chocolate chips! I like to call breaks times of doing something else that catches or needs my attention. Then I don't feel guilty that I dropped something for something else.

Elena Solodow said...

I think that's a wise plan. Enjoy your time off.

Jenn Johansson said...

Oh, it totally helps me. I need time off every once in a while. Time to take a step back and just breathe. Great post. :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

It helps to break--although the thinking of my WIP doesn't stop. LOL So I guess it's like a semi-break. :)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Good for you! I've been debating unplugging too, for a bit. It's hard though, right? Looking forward to when you get back!

((hugs)) Nicole

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Yep, everyone needs a break. I hope all goes well for your lesson. :)

LeishaMaw said...

Enjoy your break and let me know if you need more chocolate. :)

Michelle Teacress said...

Fluffy the destroyer is a hoot.

Yes, taking a break helps me - and I'm feeling glad I don't have any deadlines to meet. Once we're famous authors, we won't have that luxury. ;)

Did I spell luxury right? I'm not going to check today.

Elana Johnson said...

Eat another bag of chips for me! Hope you're feeling rested this week. I always like unplugging.

Indigo said...

I unplug from various sources all the time. No one has a clue. Enjoy the time hon, life is gnarly enough. Treat yourself well. (Hugs)Indiog