(I made this on Adobe Spark, and am actually really happy with it.)
It feels good to be back.
Back? You weren't even gone?
Technically, yes. But my last two blog posts were actually scheduled ahead of time because I was on a family vacation in Sea Isle City, NJ. I had planned on treating that vacation as a Writing Retreat, to get some serious progress made because I was really struggling with editing my manuscript. I had been opting out of working on it, and instead was writing the first draft of another project. (Not the best way to do things--I know.) I could tell that something was wrong with the plot--I just couldn't figure out what it was--let alone how to fix it. I was expecting the change of scenery to be refreshing, and to be able to make good progress in my WIP.
That . . . did not happen.
I tried to type and do some revision work the best I could, but I was still getting minimal progress done. After a few days I stopped typing completely.
Instead, I visited the boardwalk, caught hermit crabs on the beach, and read two books that had been on my TBR shelf for months. (The Distance Between Us, by Kasie West, and Tell Me Three Things, by Julie Buxbaum. I'm planning on doing reviews for both in the future.)
When I left the beach house this morning, I was kind of disappointed in myself. I had been away for a n entire week and I barely had anymore progress in my story than when I had left.
Talk about a letdown.
But when I came home and opened my Word document--the words just came to me, (that sounds cheesy--I know) and I managed to work out some major kinks in my WIP. Which makes me think that perhaps getting away from my laptop for a few days was actually a good thing.
I couldn't work out this particular scene because I was putting too much pressure on it to be good, and because of that, my writing style came across as tight and stilted. I reread some of my work that I got done after coming home, and am happier with it than I have been with any of my other writing in a while.
Which leads me to believe that perhaps taking a small break from writing can really help in the long run.
I know that there are plenty of people who could disagree with me on this, saying that writing should be done every day, or that taking a break causes people to fall behind on deadlines. And this is 100% true. For them. For me, I think that taking a day or two away from writing--and enjoying the outdoors, and my family--helps my creativity level, and the quality of my writing.
What about you? Are there any tricks that you use to help your writing?