By Melissa GijsbersA couple of weeks ago, we took a long overdue break. We didn't go anywhere fancy, just down to a friend's holiday house on Phillip Island, but it was just what the doctor ordered.
Not only did we take a break from real life, I also took a break from writing. I did take my laptop and did a bit near the end, but I took a break from writing as well. The break was more taking off any pressure to write, edit, research or anything to do with writing. This break was amazing.
I learned a few things:
- Taking a break freed my mind. I ended up jotting down a few story ideas that popped into my head while I wasn't thinking about them.
- Taking a break helped me enjoy writing again. For a while, I was feeling that I "had" to write, instead of wanting to write and was feeling that everything I wrote was rubbish.
- Taking a break helped me reconnect with my kids. Over Christmas, life was so frantically busy that we had lost touch with each other and having a break meant we could just relax and enjoy being a family.
- Taking a break helped me edit. I'm in the middle of editing a chapter book. Having a good break from life and writing helped clear my head to see the story new so I could edit it with fresh eyes.
These were important lessons to learn as I've read so many articles lately that say in order to be a "real" writer, you must write every day. The amount and times vary, but not many of these talk about having a break from writing.
A few weeks ago, we had a discussion at church about finding God in rest. The biggest point made was to make sure we do take a break to recharge and refresh so we can continue doing His work. I must remember to schedule regular breaks so I can keep doing God's work, telling great stories, and being the best Mum I can be.
Melissa Gijsbers lives in Melbourne and writes in between working as a bookkeeper and being the mother of two active boys. In August 2013, she had 3 fractured fairy tales published in Teapot Tales: a unique collection of fairy tales. She has also had Christmas stories published in Jingle Bells: Tales of Holiday Spirit from Around the World, and Tales by the Tree: An anthology of Christmas Flash Fiction. Follow her writing journey at www.melissawrites.com.au