I have a three day weekend from my day job. This typically means that I’m burning the midnight oil with all types of writing projects, trying to take advantage of the extra time to concentrate on plot twists and dialogue and all the other important things in life.
But today, no.
I don’t know why. It’s been the most non-productive writing day of my life.
I can’t even process what I actually did today. Now it’s 6:38 in the evening and what have I accomplished?
I took a walk this morning. Music attached to my ears. It was nice.
I ironed my shirts. Something I rarely do. What’s going on here?
I cooked some lunch.
I transferred music from the cloud onto my phone.
I spent too much time scrolling through my Facebook feed.
I took out the trash.
I didn’t have one writing thought today. No creativity whatsoever. It was just one plain old nothing.
And you know what? I think I needed it.
We all need down time, and perhaps, writers need it more than most. The brain that is typically swimming in a thousand directions doesn’t mind sitting as a toad staring mindless into a stream, focused more on the skimmer on the surface than the indigo blue overhead.
A little mindless me time might just be what I need to get back at it tomorrow.
So whatever you do in life, take a day, at some point, and do nothing.
Then be ready to get at it tomorrow.
(Now would you look at this. I just wrote a blog post about doing nothing on the day I did nothing. So does that mean I actually did something? Hmmm.)