I finished the draft of a book. And though I tried to turn right back to it and revise the ending, the words seemed to resist. The pages just need to rest awhile before I can do anything useful with them.
So I tried jumping into other projects, other stories. Nothing. I’ve wandered around in half-sentences with no direction.
I tried writing a blog post, a small thing to put up here. Nothing for days.
Something is calling for rest, for a pause.
Perhaps I’m procrastinating the actual rest, but I’m reading about rest, largely because I often make the mistake of believing that all answers have been written down somewhere.
- “Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.” —Austin Kleon
- Small-scale sabbaticals by Sean McCabe
- Info on downtime by Scientific American
Historically, I haven’t been good at rest, but I’m going to give it a go.