So many blog posts for writers focus on how to be more productive. How can you fit in more writing time, more words, or more sales. Maybe just maybe 2021 should be the year you give yourself something else.
Give yourself a break.
Give yourself space.
Give yourself just a bit of sloth.
Writing takes a lot of energy so you may think this is a post about recharging. And to an extent it is. But writing also takes a certain amount of head space. You need time to contemplate what you could write. Once you come up with a story premise, you need to contemplate story challenges, characters, settings, and more.
If you don’t take the time to mull things over, your ideas may not be bad but they probably won’t be as original or far reaching as they could be. So give yourself a break. Get up from the computer and go do something else. Give yourself space. This might mean going for a walk. It may mean spending some time in a hammock. And what better thing to undertake in a hammock than just a bit of sloth.
It may sound Polly Anna to say that 2020 did bring some good things to life. Me? I’ve loved not having to run errands most days. I loathe errands especially if they involve shopping. Meetings? I don’t miss those either and Zoom really is better when it contains that 40 minute limit.
But I’m going to try to do 2020 one better. I’m going to try to be intentional about this in 2021. That means that I’m planning to not work on evenings or weekends. That means that my Monday posts will need to be completed Friday but that will help Sunday be more restful.
And time off will not only recharge my batteries, it will give my stories room to grow. Who knows? It may look a bit slothful but it will improve on what I produce.