I’ve had lots of writing and editing to do these past few weeks, as I’ve detailed in earlier posts. In addition to my creative writing deadlines, I had seven (count ’em–seven!) documents to draft for my grant writing client. So needless to say, I’m a little tired of spending so many hours typing in front of the computer. But I’m happy to report that I’m not tired of writing—I wrote in my journal this morning and am now blogging away. But I am going to give myself a break and (besides writing this blog post) not ‘require’ myself to write today. If I feel like it, great, if the mood strikes me, awesome, but it’s not something I’m going to make myself do today. If I’ve learned one thing in my 38 years on this planet—and I learned this lesson relatively recently—it’s that the period of rest after a very busy and stressful period is extremely important. Not to just my overall health and well-being, but also to the creative fire within me, and my passion for writing. I need to rest, to ‘restock the well’, as Julia Cameron puts it. I need to frickin’ chill.
It’s not easy for me to do this—I am a Capricorn, Type-A overachiever who has defined myself very much by my accomplishments. I’ve had to learn the hard way—by working through chronic pain and the after-effects of a traumatic childhood—that rest and relaxation is crucial to being healthy and happy.
So for part of today and all of tomorrow, and maybe even part of Thursday, I will allow myself to take a break from writing. I trust I will get back on the ball when I need to. I do have another residency deadline in less than two weeks!