I am currently drafting my second 15,000 word manuscript in two months. I know, I know. To a novelist, that number is pretty ho-hum. But I’ve been doing other work as well and I’ve noticed my energy ebbing.
Then the beads that I had ordered arrived. I was making a necklace for my sister’s birthday. I happily started my current audio book and got to work. Even when I realized that I had messed up the pattern and need to disassemble almost everything I was fine. No biggie. These things happen!
I finished the necklace and immediately got back into my manuscript. Tippy-tippy-type! I was super charged.
I can’t explain why it is that I sometimes forget how doing something else creative fuels my writing. Fortunately, I had bought beads to make myself a necklace as well. As soon as my energy level started to ebb again, I was back in the dining room with beads and beading wire. Then it was back to my manuscript and I wrote a chapter in a day.
I’ve made a bracelet and am planning to make earrings. Then I’ll have to find another way to recharge. I’ve been eying things around the house that could use a coat of paint. Knitting is also an option. Maybe I’ll make more cacti. They are pin cushions although I don’t trust the cat enough to keep pins in mine.
As much as I enjoy it, writing especially when I’m on deadline, takes a lot of energy. To keep up the pace, I have to take care of myself. That means exercise breaks, time with my family, reading/listening to good books, and recharging my creative batteries. I sure hope I have some green yarn in my stash because purple cacti would just be peculiar.