Monday, October 10, 2011

The Joy of Not Writing

I haven't been writing for three weeks now, and I don't plan on writing this week either. Four weeks of not-writing. And get this... not one ounce of guilt!

That's right. This time off of work isn't due to writer's block or procrastination. And it's not accompanied by that horrible feeling of I should be writing now. This time off is because I'm going to a Highlights Founders Whole Novel Workshop on Sunday, and we were all told to take a break from our manuscripts so we can see them more clearly at the workshop.

I suppose I could have worked on something else in the interim, but nah. I've worked so hard for the last year pushing through this first draft. I want this month off to not only help me gain some objectivity for my manuscript, but to also rejuvenate my spirit.

I've been reading a ton. And going through piles of stuff. And crossing things off my to-do list. When I finish writing this blog post, I'm going to clean out my dresser and closet. You know I'm caught up on life if I'm tackling that one!

And Sunday will begin my week in a cabin in the woods in rural Pennsylvania, working with Stephen Roxburgh and Carolyn Coman and seven other writers. A week totally devoted to revising my novel. I won't have to cook or clean or walk a dog or drive anyone anywhere or think about anything other than writing. That sounds downright amazing to me.

6 comments:

Crazy Eddie said...

Wow, Brenda, it sounds like you have something wonderful to look forward to. Good for you. I'm glad you have been enjoying NOT writing. How can you enjoy writing if you cannot enjoy NOT writing? Guilt can be a writer's worst enemy. I enjoyed your post. Thanks!

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Rebecca said...

Oh, I hope you have an incredible time!

lisajennbigelow.com said...

Sounds like a great opportunity. I hope it proves fruitful!

Brenda Ferber said...

Thanks everyone!

Elizabeth Fama said...

Carol Fisher Saller's hot mess became one of the most beautiful, lyrical novels I've read this year because of the Highlights workshop retreat with Stephen!

Brenda Ferber said...

That's so good to know! I'm really looking forward to working with him.