While I wouldn’t describe myself as an all-or-nothing person, I’m not exactly known for having a steady, ramp-up approach to life. Friends and family know me as giving my all to those I love. Clients know me as someone who can jump into a copywriting gig when there’s very little time and direction.
It’s shouldn’t have been a surprise that in the same month I set an aggressive goal for my writing project, that I also had the busiest 30 days with copywriting since striking out on my own. Last week alone, between my own writing, this blog and client work, I produced about 45 pages of text.
Now you know why there was no Monday post here at a.k.a writer! I could not find a word to put on the page. Not one. I wouldn’t call it writer’s block.
I was tired of writing.
Okay, I can’t believe I wrote that. But it’s true. All I had done for more than 10 days was type at my laptop and read (mostly out loud, while proofreading).
I didn’t want to write another word.
What helped? Taking a weekend off. From late Friday afternoon until Monday morning, I didn’t write. I didn’t respond to email or Facebook messages. I wasn’t on Twitter and I wasn’t blogging. So what did I do? I went to a movie, walked, watched TV, ran errands (okay, I didn’t run, but I walked on my own two fee) and relaxed. Not anything spectacular, but my brain needed a break.
When I powered up my laptop on Monday, I felt refreshed and energized. The copy I wrote for a favorite client that day had a freshness to it that I couldn’t begin to imagine on Friday. Taking a short breather made a huge difference.
What about you? How do you manage to replenish vowels and consonants so you can write again? Have you ever had to take a lengthy break (like two weeks) to get back that spark for writing?