Tuesday, May 11, 2010
A Tip For Tuesday
And taking a little for yourself.
I know it's hard. After all, you most likely feel as if your writing time is your 'me' time. But writing is exhausting as well as exhilerating. It's easy to get drained. Add to that the other responsibilities we all juggle, and before we know it, we're sapped.
I know when I'm working on a first draft, the story can consume me. I'm thinking about it all the time. In the shower, in the car, before I fall asleep at night, while I'm cleaning or grocery shopping. Reading used to be a big escape for me, but that only works now if I'm reading outside the genre I write. If I'm reading historical romance, I tend to read more for a learning experience than for escapism. I'm sizing up the story, the plot, the characters, the craft. What once provided a break from my everyday life now steers me deeper into the writing mode.
I've found I need to find different ways to turn my mind away from the writing world, as wonderful as it is. I have a weekly date with my husband. I go for walks. I listen to music. I play computer games.
I love having this bit of downtime. I come back refreshed and renewed and ready to tackle those goals.
What about you? Do you need downtime? How do you recharge your batteries?