Monday, July 21, 2014

Taking a Break from Writing: Finding Inspiration in a Summer Writing Hiatus




My critique group usually takes a break during the summer.  With all the summer activities, it’s hard to find a time that fits our summer schedules, and even harder to find time to write.  I usually try and keep writing during this break, but not this summer.  

This summer I’m giving myself a “hall pass” to escape from my writing room.  I normally schedule my weekly writing time on my calendar.  It almost always includes Saturday mornings and a few other sessions during the week.  For July and August, I’ve decided not to pre-schedule my time and not worry if I don’t write. 

Instead of writing, I’m travelling and getting out into nature.  I’m working on those house projects I never seem to get done.  I’m visiting the local museums and catching up with friends and family.

AND… I’m looking around for inspiration.  I use my phone to keep notes on writing/subject ideas.  For me, summer is a fertile time to germinate ideas for future projects.  Three of my projects this year, were ideas from last summer.  By September, I hope to be re-energized and ready to sequester myself with my computer. 


If you’re struggling to write this summer, consider taking a hiatus from writing for a few weeks.  It might just be the antidote for a stalled writing project.





Mary Jo Guglielmo is writer and intuitive life coach. For more information check out:

http://facebook.com/DoNorth.biz  

6 comments:

  1. Good luck, Mary Jo. Let us know how the break works out.

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  2. Mary Jo, good for you!. Have an inspirational summer!

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    1. A trip to Hawaii gave me a few ideas for new projects.

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  3. Have a wonderful time, you earned it! Just think of all the energy you'll have this fall!

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    1. I'm also going to SCBWI LA conference---that should get my juices flowing.

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