Where have I been? I wish I could say I was sailing the oceans of the Caribbean or sightseeing in Paris and Rome, but the truth is. I've really been doing nothing. And you know what? It's been great.
I was blocked. Stressed. Unable to find balance between my day job and my writing and I finally stopped trying. Instead of writing I read. Instead of blogging I caught up on TV. I did whatever I felt like when I got home. And you know what? Out of nowhere my writing came back to me. I finished a chapter in my newest WIP and started working on edits for an older one. I don't think I suck as much as I did before I stopped trying. I'm actually really happy with what I wrote.
Being a writer is tough. Some days it's downright heartbreaking, world ending, how the hell am I supposed to do this. But now I know when I hit that wall, it's time to step away. As a writer I feel if I'm not writing I'm failing. And to be frank that's bullshit. Some times you just need to zone it all out and have a little time to yourself. It works. And now I'm happy to be back.
Have you ever stepped away to re-energize? If you're a writer do you feel like if you don't write you're failing?