Blogger: Wendy Lawton
Many of you are either smack dab in the middle of Spring break or getting ready for it. If you have school age children you are even more aware of this pause in our regular schedule. For a writer it can be a bit unnerving to break routine, especially if the writing is at that point where the words tumble out on the page.
We all know about ramp time. It’s that slow, gotta-get-going time at the beginning of a project as we head up the ramp to peak productivity. And there’s ramp time as we slow down to take a break or begin to move toward finishing a project– the off ramp. Many of us begrudge these starts and stops because we know what it costs us in productivity.
But today, I want to make the case for taking that break, despite the cost in productivity. Here are just four things a break can do for you:
Refresh— Time away from the task at hand refreshes our outlook. We see things differently after stepping back. Hopefully, we’ve spent time with those we enjoy. We’ve talked and listened and come away with a fresh way to look at the task at hand.
Restore— Our break should also include time to rest and time to enjoy the people around us. Good times together, good food, great fun. . . all of this will help refresh our work when we get back to it.
Refuel— If we are writers, we are also readers. Our breaks ought to provide time to read, read, read. Nothing will enhance our own work more than filling up with books and stories.
Reinvent— Sometimes we need to reinvent ourselves or our project. We need distance to do this. Your break will give you that chance.
I’m taking a week off after Easter to spend with family. I fully plan to refresh, restore, refuel and reinvent. How about you? What restores you? Do you need a long break or will a few hours or a good nap do the trick? Let’s hear what you have planned and how it might affect your writing.
Note: The photo in today’s blog? I took it outside our room at a friend’s lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming a few years back. Talk about restorative. . .
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