Some Time Away

Hello and happy Saturday everyone. I hope you are all still doing good and staying healthy. Obviously it’s not easy right now, but hopefully it gets better soon.

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about something I think is important when writing. It’s my preferred tactic when I’m creating a story, and it helps to let me see things a little differently. I’m talking about taking time away from your project.

For whatever reason, sometimes when I’m writing I’ll run into a wall. I’ll try and write my way out of it and usually wind up with a bigger mess. I don’t think of it as writer’s block necessarily because I still know where I want the story to go. I kind of equate my writing to a flowing river. There might be places where the river breaks off upstream and reconnects downstream, but they both wind up together and in the same place. I suppose I’m saying there’s multiple ways to get your story where you want it to go. The important thing is making sure it gets there the right way.

Which is why I take some time away every now and again. Maybe it’s a few days, or maybe even a week. I hesitate to push it further than that because I don’t want to lose the story. But I think you’ll find that a little rest can help give you a fresh perspective. As I said before, I do it from time to time and I’m raring to go when my self imposed exile is over. The words seem to write themselves on the page after these little breaks, and I think that’s when writing is at it’s purest. When the story just flows.

Well, those are my thoughts for the week. Hopefully it gives people that are struggling with their stories some insights and help. As for the rest of you, thank you for reading and I’ll talk to you next week. Stay healthy.

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