Violetta Rand: Abandoning the writer’s chair (a planned retreat)…

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2014 is the most amazing year of my writing career. I signed with a great agent and contracted four series with my dream publisher. Of course all of these great tidings translate into long hours in the writing chair while the world pulses with life outside—kind of leaving me behind. I’m not complaining, but I’m at the stage where I’m so keenly focused on my career, I almost forgot to take a break.

 

chair

 

For the first time in nearly two years, I voluntarily stepped away from the computer (minus checking email and other necessary work-related functions) for two weeks.

And as I expected, at first, I experienced writer’s guilt—yes, it exists. And if writing is a drug, possibly withdrawals. But I resisted the urge and spent quality time with my father and brother-in-law, both visiting from a place we Alaskans proudly refer to as the lower 48.

What did I discover?

Refuge

 

Moose

 

Glacier Alaska

The museum, local cuisine, the zoo, animal refuge, reconnected with the outdoors, 4-wheeling, hunting, dinner with friends, great conversation, and daily games of Scrabble with my dad. Fun and relaxation. A breath of fresh air. I abandoned the writer’s chair and actually survived and enjoyed it. And in the process, learned a valuable lesson. Passion and enthusiasm for our craft is what drives us, makes us pursue our dreams and succeed.

BUT…

Blocking out the world to finish projects week after week is not a healthy practice. So I’ve recommitted to striking the perfect balance—writing wonderful stories, but not forgetting where I draw my inspiration. The beautiful world outside and the people I care for and love.

The moral lesson: If you’re anything like me, working crazy long hours, it’s okay to abandon the writer’s chair for a little while. I promise, it will be there when you get back.

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14 Responses

  1. ginaconkle2013

    I can see why you’re inspired by the great outdoors. Those pictures you shared are beautiful. And, yes, get the rest you need.

  2. Maggi Andersen

    Yes we can lock ourselves into writing and life passes us by. You’re so lucky to have such a beautiful place to visit.

  3. Sandra Owens

    Those are beautiful pictures, Violetta, and Alaska is on my bucket list. We’re heading to the beach soon for a few weeks, and my husband has already said that he does not want to see a computer on my lap every minute of the day. I’m already panicking a little about that, but he’s absolutely right.

  4. Barbara Monajem

    I just returned from a vacation during which I hardly wrote anything at all — just a few blurbs and a sentence here and there. It was a much-needed break. 🙂

  5. JoannaM

    I didn’t think the computer withdrawals existed but I’ve experienced them myself! I need to learn to let go. I don’t write but those blogs and FB are now an addiction. I just keep telling myself “it will be there tomorrow, it will be there tomorrow” LOL nobody’s going to die if I don’t read or post a comment, right? right?!!