After reading a blog about one author’s problem with not writing on weekends and then taking it up again on Mondays I can sympathize. It is hard to completely immerse yourself in work to the detriment of your family. Even harder is taking a break and then realizing getting back to writing is a challenge. So what can we do?
Several suggestions were made and mainly discussed taking an hour or two to write no matter what else happened on your time off. What you write is less important, according to one commenter, than just making sure you spent time writing. I believe I am in full agreement with this solution. When I take off a day or two from writing, even though I am not writing a novel, I find getting back in the flow of things to be difficult. It is like starting over and requires whatever it is your routine demands to get in touch with the muse.
Getting in the mood to write and becoming comfortable in the next phase of actual writing is different for everyone, but most of all, it is necessary and time consuming. Every time, we are required to reach the state of grace where we can actually write means lost time, depletion of energy and a delay that can weaken ideas and even our resolve. Can we really afford this break, this intrusion into our writing life?
Although, I am in agreement that breaks in writing can cause a lot of self-doubt and even despair, we still need to maintain our daily lives and connect with family and friends if we are to have any kind of somewhat normal life at all.
Good writers treat every day like a workday, including weekends and holidays. They must be torn away from their work to engage in the most simple of family connections or celebrations. They want to stay writing and resent anyone who interrupts this flow of ideas and work. How do they manage then to have a family life or any social life at all? Or do they?
I think dedication to anything a person does is admirable. I believe a superior work ethic is what breeds success. To become the best you can be requires an above average amount of work or else you will never stand out from the crowd. Writers have so much competition, but I believe that is okay if they write what only they can write and use only their voice. Still those who work the hardest usually see the best results and that means giving more time and energy to the project you are obsessed with each and every day.
Learning to balance this goal with enjoying life and connecting with human beings is the larger goal. Take time for life since this is the fodder we need to grow this animal of imagination.