I had a list of topics I wanted to post about this week – a list that ran straight into the middle of next week, in fact.
But, instead, I’m going to take a time out. Step back. Make space.
Sitting down to write blog posts has been a chore over the past few days. I’ve yearned to spend time on more character and plot development for my book and to play with the words for my 100 word bio for The Literati. Instead, I’ve sat down every day and stared at my computer screen trying to forcefully pull words into witty, coherent sentences for five days of charming blog posts.
Procrastination is the first sign that I’m not listening to myself. When my brain locks up any piece of remotely useful information, I should take the hint that there’s more to the story. I won’t be able to brute force my way into doing what I’m avoiding.
When I took a deeper look today, I realized that I just needed to make space for planning. I want to get back to writing my novel, but in order to do that, I need to dream and scheme my way into a deeper understanding of the plot. I want to make space for The Literati writing exercises and contributing my voice to the insightful discussion with my artistic peers.
So, I’m signing off for a few days. With any luck (hey there, Brain, I’m talking to you), I’ll be back on Monday.