Sometimes It’s Okay Not to Write

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We went to the tiny seaside fishing village with good intentions, not to fish, but to simply relax, enjoy some time away from daily life. It was our 46th wedding anniversary and in recent years we’ve enjoyed taking such a break on this occasion.

The view above was taken from the beach house balcony early on our first morning after arrival. Believe it or not, rather than inspire me, this view restricted my writing. I wanted to write, believe me. My intention had been to write about 1000 words while there. I thought the surroundings would be perfect.

It seems they were too perfect and I needed relaxation more than I needed writing. I spent most of the four days enjoying the view. Sure, I achieved some journal writing, but nothing more serious than that. In fact at the end of our first full day there I wrote:

My brain is like a hyperactive child after an overload of sugar. It is flitting all over the place, nothing productive. Maybe I need this quietness to enable my creative mind to have a rest, empty, then leave room for new ideas.

I eventually accepted that it was okay not to write. My brain fell into the peaceful rhythm of the sea and I chose to not disturb that rhythm as it became absorbed into my being.

Now I am home again, refreshed, and ready to start writing again.

Sometimes it’s okay not to write.

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2 thoughts on “Sometimes It’s Okay Not to Write

  1. I don’t like giving myself targets because quite often I can’t meet them and then feel disappointed. The older I’ve got the more I let my time and intentions unravel naturally, and I’ve realised that (for me) trying to force writing is a bit like trying to squeeze water out of a dry rag. Better wait till I have a soggy sponge full of ideas!!

  2. I’ve managed to get into a routine over the last three yars. Since my book has finished I feel a bit lost if I don’t write daily.

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