5 Benefits of Taking a Vacation from Writing

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I’m going to be doing some traveling this month to visit family. I’ve been considering whether or not to take another kind of vacation while I’m away–a writing vacation. Here are five good reasons to take a vacation from your manuscript.

  1. Gives you time to have experiences that will inspire your writing. A weekend trip to the lake, a concert in the park, or dinner with interesting people are all the kinds of life experiences that can lead to new story ideas and fresh characters. If we spend all our time in our respective writing caves, we won’t have anything new to draw from.
  2. Helps you see your writing with a fresh set of eyes. Writing needs to breathe before the editing stage; otherwise, it’s difficult to see the forest for the trees. A break between the first draft and the edit can be just what you need to see your manuscript more objectively.
  3. Reminds your friends, family, and loved ones what you look like without a laptop glued to your fingers. Balance is vital, and we need to learn to protect our relationships. Being on The New York Times Best Sellers List won’t mean anything without the people we love there to share it.
  4. Provides time for reading. We all know writers should also be readers, but sometimes it’s difficult to find time to read for enjoyment when you’re writing. Take a writing break and fill your e-reader with all those books you’ve been dying to dive into. Not only will they provide wonderful information about trends in your genre, but a great book will remind you of the power of story and why you love to write.
  5. Gives your mind space for creativity. Just like a page layout needs white space, our minds need room to wander and play. Silence, quiet walks, and prayer or meditation can all improve creativity.

About Julie Jarnagin

Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and young son who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. www.JulieJarnagin.com

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7 Responses to 5 Benefits of Taking a Vacation from Writing

  1. Nina Croft says:

    I agree totally, Julie. I’ve gotten a little obsessive about writing over the last year or so and I’m coming to realize that I do need to back off now and then. I’m trying… really I am.
    Hope you enjoy your travels!

  2. Oh my…what awesome advice. I think my family would really appreciate #3. LOL But seriously, this is spot on. We all need time to recharge the batteries. Enjoy yours!

  3. Clarissa Yip says:

    I love #3 also! Great advice! I don’t remember the last time I actually took a vacation where I was just relaxing! I will need to print this post out and tape it ot my computer when I attempt to work while on vacation. 🙂

  4. Sutton Fox says:

    Excellent advice, Julie! As writers we must fill the well. Wishing you a fabulous time while you relax!

  5. Jennifer Shirk says:

    I just got back from a little writing vacation too and I am more than ready to get back to work! But it was nice because it gave me time to just “think” about my story (and have a life) 🙂

  6. Lynn Crain says:

    What a wonderful idea, Julie! This is something I do need from time to time. I think we all need a break from writing even though it’s the career we love because life is important too!

  7. Bethanne says:

    I was thinking about that tonight, beccause I have nothing to do…or, I should say, I have to start something else, so this is a good time to take a break!!!

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