This past week, I spontaneously made a visit back to Atlanta. Oh, the good old South :) I love the city, but sometimes it can get a little...claustrophic here. Everything is tiny, space is limited, and my family is far away. At home, I get to fatten up, sleep excessively, and be worthless in so many ways.
I started reading a new book, which I am really enjoying so far. The author, Lisa See, includes a lot of description in her writing. Sometimes, I find too much description to be boring and more of a distraction. However, she does a good job of weaving it with action.
For the first few days of my visit, I made a genuine effort to write. I would keep my laptop and notebook nearby, scribble in any random musings, and stick to my chapter goals. I also made frequent note of changes to incorporate. (One of my writing professors told me that writing is never finished, but just abandoned, so it is theoretically possible to edit forever...which is what I will probably do.)
But, on the third day, I realized something: taking a break from my writing is extremely valuable. Sometimes, a break gives you the chance to renew your yourself...and your vision. I honestly feel that I was able to view my work through a fresher perspective after tucking it away for awhile. I think I read it more like a "reader" than a writer who obsessed over every page.
Do you ever force yourself to take a break from your writing? Does it make a difference?
In the girly department, my mom, sister, and I went shopping. One of the many things I love about my mom is that she accepts my differences from her. She does not enjoy outfits or accessories, but she embraces the fact that I do. When we went shopping, she surprised me with my very first Chanel bag! I have been eyeing it for a little over one year now. I know it sounds really stupid, but I cannot wait to pass it on someday. I think it's such a timeless piece!
Do you have a family heirloom or a precious "first" purchase?