Contrary to my previous posts, I made the conscious effort not to do anything in the way of productive writing today. The thought occurred to me last night that perhaps I have been spending a bit too much time slaving away over my keyboard and that I was starting to neglect other important areas in my life.
I lost someone close to me earlier this year and I wanted to do something special to celebrate her birthday next month. I came up with the idea of creating a video using pictures of her and putting it to a piece of music that means a great deal to me. As I looked through the many photos, I realised that family is a precious gift and that we must not take those that we love for granted. Too many times recently, I have been guilty of doing just this. I have cited the reason that my quest to become a published writer takes top priority countless times to family and friends, all of who have encouraged me to spend time away from my writing space, for the sake of my sanity, if nothing else.
Spending time honing my craft is all very well, but what happens if I neglect to take notice of what is happening in the world around me? Writers draw from their own experiences, what happens when I am no longer putting myself in the position to experience new things?
It was with that in mind that I deliberately downed tools today and spent some time living in the ‘real’ world and not the fictitious ones that I create in my writing. I actually spent a day relaxing and just taking things easy, and you know what? I actually enjoyed myself and more importantly, I took inspiration from what I saw when I ventured out into the harsh light of day.
Perhaps taking a day off here and there isn’t such a bad thing after all.