On Vacation

Outtakes 116


On Vacation

by Cait Collins

It was a dark and windy night. With my computer perched on my lap, I typed mindlessly. Nothing made sense. I deleted more than I kept. There are times when the words just don’t come. I usually have this problem when I’ve had a stressful day at work or spent many hours writing business documents. My mind just won’t switch gears.

I know the current problem. I’m on vacation from my job, so my creative side has decided to take some time off. I guess the brain has earned a break. At times like this, I find it is better to abandon the session, save what is salvageable, and begin again tomorrow. I will not waste my writing time. This is a good opportunity to review the critiques for my current work. At least I’m working on my writing.

Taking a brief mental vacation is not a bad thing. We rest from our jobs and obligations. When we return to business, we are more productive and make fewer mistakes. The same goes for our writing lives. We need a break. The trick is not to make a habit of taking writing time outs. Prolonged periods of inactivity are a breeding ground for excuses not to get back to the job at hand. Enjoy the vacation but don’t quit writing.


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