Do you celebrate when you finish a major piece of writing? I’m not very good at this, but it’s something I’m working at adding to my to do list.
When I finish a major piece of writing, which might be just a draft or it might be another pass on a book length manuscript, I’m whipped. At least mentally, and sometimes I feel drained physically as well. I’m almost always surprised by this even though it’s happened this way for me for years, and I gather it happens roughly the same way for others.
The quickest way I know how to get back on track is to take a break and do something, almost anything, that isn’t writing for at least a couple of hours, and often for the rest of the day.
One of the best kind of breaks I can think of is a celebration.
Now, that doesn’t always mean a party. Some of the things on my celebration list include:
- Buying a paperback mystery.
- Going to the library
- Working out – yeah, sometimes it’s a celebration, sometimes not.
- Taking a book to my favorite coffee shop.
- A walk on the beach.
- A chat with one of my grand kids.
- Calling a non-writing friend.
- Doing something that’s fun in the garden, like planting a single plant.
- Visit a museum or something like that.
- Boogie boarding with the grand kids
- A nap.
Of course, if someone wants to throw me a party, or I decide to, that’s okay too, but usually it’s something simple, or fairly simple. Some of these activities take little time and no money, others are more involved. No matter, I always come back refreshed.
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