Taking a breather isn’t the same as giving up

For the last two weeks, I’ve been buried in manuscript revisions. I’m taking a tiny break to put this post together today, so it won’t be very long. I’m within five chapters of being done! Namesake, part two of the Destiny Trilogy, will roll off the editing bench and into the hands of my alpha/beta readers. Then, production starts.

To date, this has been the most difficult manuscript I’ve pieced together. I’m not sure if it’s the intensity of the story or the complexity of the plot or the extraneous things that have been going on in my life that have made it so difficult to work with. Maybe it’s a combination of everything. Either way, I’m eager to get it finished and get it out the door for people to enjoy.

Pears ready for picking at Safe Haven Farm, Haven, KS
Pears ready for picking at Safe Haven Farm, Haven, KS

It’ll be done today. Maybe tomorrow. And then Wednesday, I’ll be taking a day off. There will still be some writing that happens. I can’t get away from that. But I’ll mostly be away from the computer, working on processing the batch of pears from our orchard trees. I never did get a post up about our apricot harvest this year. So I’ll try to do one about our pears.

It’s good to take a break. Regardless of your line of work, stepping back to take a breath from time to time is never a bad idea. When you love something and you’re passionate about it, you won’t want to. You’ll feel like you’re letting yourself down or disappointing people. You might even feel like you’re wasting time. But what’s really happening is that your brain is resting, and once you go back to it, your brain will be able to process better.

The human brainĀ isĀ a computer, but it’s a living computer. And everything that lives needs rest.

Don’t hesitate to rest when you need it, whether you’re building airplanes or organizing campaigns or writing a novel. You might even need to rest in the middle of your project, if it takes a long time to complete. Don’t see resting as giving up. Look at it like an investment of time. The time you spend resting yourself and your spirit, doing something that refreshes you, will ultimately produce a better product in the long run.

Feeling stressed or stretched? Take a breather. Have a cup of tea. Go on a walk. Play with your pets. Watch a funny movie. Do something that helps you remember how blessed you are, and you’ll come back to your work with a sense of enjoyment, fulfillment, and joy.

A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

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  1. This blog did the trick for me – I feel better already!

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