I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Personally, I still feel as though I’m in the midst of hibernation. It’s been a great winter and after a short break from the routine stress of everyday life, I’m feeling refreshed and ready to take on 2015.
I love this feeling! So how do we achieve that same refreshed, can-do attitude with your writing? Simple: take a holiday from your writing.
Do you have a piece of writing or a project that you feel has gone stale? Are you stuck mid-story? Or are you simply dreading the editing stage?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to take a vacation from your current WIP.
Put that pen down (or close out of the word processor).
Stick your work in progress in a drawer. Or store the file somewhere other than your desktop. Give yourself permission to forget about the project for a while.
Clear your head, but keep your writing sharp.
Disclaimer: Taking a holiday from your work does not mean that you stop writing altogether. It simply means that you stop working on your current project and give it (and yourself) time to breathe.
Continue writing, but for now just focus your efforts on something totally different than your shelved project. Keep the words flowing and challenge yourself to do something different (even if just for a short period of time).
DO retrieve your shelved project.
This is probably the most difficult, yet most important part of the vacation from your writing: the return. Make sure you do go back to your WIP. Let the time you spend away from it refresh you . DO NOT buy in to any self-doubt that may crop up. Don’t let yourself make excuses.
When you first shelve your project, I recommend setting a date that you will go back to it. And then STICK to that date. Hold yourself accountable. (Personally, I set the date 1 month from the day I shelve the project.)
By taking a short break from your project, hopefully you’ll be able to breathe some new life into it!
Happy writing and a joyous new year!
Have you ever taken a vacation from a project? Let us know in the comments below!