The designated topic today on the Blog Me Maybe Blogfest is Writing. But what I'd like to talk about is not writing.
Everyone needs breaks in this business, a little time to step back and evaluate, maybe recharge the brain before it commences full blown self destruct protocol. But we don't usually say this out loud. Even the advice we give to someone submitting a project is to begin another...immediately. It takes your mind off things, it makes the wait easier. Really? Because I'm not sure anything makes the wait easier.
I have a list of projects I could start but I am reluctant to dive back in just yet. My head is still in the last world I created, that is when I'm not negotiating peace during epic Nerf gunfights, hiding my car keys from adventurous teens, prying smooshed gummy bears out of the carpet, or explaining one more time why only Mommy's can eat cupcakes for breakfast. Not to mention handling the day job.
But who says I have to jump back in just yet? I've been pushing myself quite a bit over the last year and I claim the right not to write. At least for a couple of weeks. I can take it easy, carefully choose my next project, maybe re-watch the entire season of Vampire Diaries (come on, like you don't still have them all on the dvr), hang out at the pool, and READ.
So tell me, do you ever exercise your right not to write? And do you feel as guilty as I do?