I am taking a writer's holiday. Is it here? Oh, how I wish.
No, this writer's holiday is simply a break between projects. For the moment, I have no revision notes from an agent or editor, no novel to finish or chapter to edit, no story line to conjure. But instead of feeling guilty and jumping right back into another project, I am taking a much needed break to recharge my braincells. And I feel absolutely fine about that.
Instead of writing, here's what I'm doing:
1) Cleaning my desk down to the actual bare wood, and dusting it. *yay*
2) Going through my stack of 'books to read,' propping my feet up without guilt, and reading.
3) Repotting the basket of pansies on my front porch into an old graniteware container.
4) Breaking out the ironing board and getting to the bottom of the ironing pile.
5) Giving yearly vaccinations to the horse, the donkey, and the dog.
6) Getting a massage and having a glass or two of good Chardonnay. (Life is too short to drink cheap wine, folks.)
This is not procrastination, or laziness, or unwillingness to "write every day." It is simply a wonderful break that will hopefully refresh and recharge my writing chops. My little "writer's holiday" might last a week, or a month, or longer, until I get some revision notes to work on, or another idea floats through my head and demands attention. But for now, my brain and I are enjoying a little down time.
Do you take writer's breaks? (Or any other kind of breaks?) What do you do to relax and recharge your mind?