Saturday, July 31, 2010

Not writing = productive writing?

I just returned from a 10 day roadtrip up the eastern side of the U.S. I live in a sub of Atlanta, GA. We first drove to SC to drop off my Cocker Spaniel with my mom (thanks Mom!), then on to Charlotte, NC, Washington D.C., Philly, then finally landed in Shelter Island, NY (where my husband has family).

I had every intention of finishing up my current revision on my WIP (just a couple of chapters left to double check), but it didn't happen. I was just too slammed and I had no internet in NY. As fate would have it, I ended up not writing at all for 10 days. I did a little line editing on a hardcopy I printed before hand, but otherwise I re-read Hunger Games and enjoyed the chaos that is vacation. But an amazing thing happened. I was more motivated than before the vacation. I line edited 2/3rds of my book, reworked a few chapters. I have been home for 3 hours and have accomplished more than I did the entire week before my vacation. So, does not writing = productivity? Do we need breaks in order to inspire? Or was it more to do with re-reading a book that constantly challenges me?

I'm not entirely sure, but it was a total blast. 17 hours total, with my 2 year old, my husband, and in-laws. Yes, I am crazy. :) I'll post pics in a bit. I'm a fab photographer! (yes, I just typed fab - so what?) :)

Happy Saturday,

M.B.

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