I walked and made no effort to think – an old trick from my writing days. Work your body, rest your mind, let the boys in the basement do their jobs.
Stephen King, Bag of Bones.
Writing conferences are thick with authors for whom Stephen King’s On Writing is a great support. Certainly, Stephen King’s words resonate with me as well.
I’ve always been a great believer in letting inner writers do their jobs. Not only does it save work, but it feels good to put one’s trust in the driven, mysterious inner self that makes a career in writing possible.
Furthermore, these kinds of happy and relaxed thoughts often grow tall in golden sunshine. Take a break when the weather is particularly fine, and try not to feel even one percent guilty. Instead, continue to cultivate an appreciation and gratitude for a holiday from toil and ambition. The writing work we love will be waiting for us upon our return.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant week resting from, and returning to, your writing career.
There’s a new Stella Ryman book in town: The Labours of Mrs Stella Ryman.
Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and the Monument Studios Mysteries starring Frankie Ray as The Extra. Mel is Senior Acquisitions Editor with Pulp Literature Press.
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