Last week I took a vacation from writing. I was totally wiped out for no reason that I could find. Normal tasks seemed overwhelming and it was all that I could do to get through the day doing what minimally had to be done to keep the business and our house running. I do not know how I arrived at this place, but I decided to give myself the luxury of a vacation for one week. I would not feel guilty about the goals that I had set for myself, nor the embarrassment I would expect to feel on Monday at check-in when I hadn't written a single word.
For the first day or so I just enjoyed doing what I had to do and reveled in the creative stress free zone that I had placed myself in. Soon I found that my spirits were lifting and life looked much better. Without realizing it, I soon began to want to write but I reminded myself that I was on vacation.
I am happy to report that my holiday worked! Now, I can't wait to get back from vacation and start writing. I think that my little hiatus was healthy. Even though I didn't go anywhere, the little "break" was like a mental health day from what had begun to be toil instead of a creative outlet. I found it rejuvenating and I am raring to hit the computer with a renewed enthusiasm for my work in progress. Taking a step back made me realize how much writing is a part of me. Without it there was a void that nothing else filled. Now I know that a good "vacation" is priceless.