I was reminded yesterday and today how important it is to schedule downtime after a big writing push.
As you know, Lori and I are putting on a webinar tomorrow (June 22, 2011 – these posts last forever, and yes, there’s till time to register). Because we also are offering a booklet, that had to be written and the PowerPoint presentation that goes along with the actual presentation also had to be created. Lori and I shared the writing and I did the PowerPoint.
PowerPoint isn’t my favorite thing, but I am getting better at it. For example, I realized we could use Microsoft’s clip art rather than spending time searching out free photos. The photos require editing and setting up credits; the clip art is pretty easy, although I found PowerPoint doesn’t always let me put a clip inline with text. (sigh)
As it happened, Lori had gotten her writing done before I got mine finished. That meant, because today is a short day for me, I had to scramble a bit. Between the PowerPoint and the other writing it was a fairly concentrated push. By the time I send it off to Lori for her opinion and delightful editing I was a bit bleary eyed.
Wednesdays for me are mostly about doing something other than writing.
I spend a couple of hours plotching in clay at Studio 6 in Balboa Park’s Spanish Village. Playing in the mud, hand building figures and pots is a wonderful change from writing for me.
This summer I’ve also volunteered a couple of hours each week, on Wednesday afternoons, as a Craft Lady for the public library in my neighborhood. It’s a hoot and those kids wear me to a nubbin by the time we finish.
By the time I get home I’m in a whole different state than I am when I spend a day focused on a single writing project. Which is darn good for me and for my writing.
I love the word, recreation. I find that by doing something different from writing goes a long way to re-create me. I’m fresher and my writing is better and easier.
What do you do after a big push of writing?
Write well and often,
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