This week, I present a shamless rip off of Lolcats. :) But, it's even cuter! It's Lolkids! And, I've made them all writing related n' stuff.
Today, these adorable little ones are going to illustrate some truths I've been ruminating on as I enjoy my break. And what's that?
The Importance of Taking a Break
I've got to tell you, this is probably one of the most underrated writerly virtues. When we finish that first draft, we are on a high. We think it's about the best thing ever written (come on, you know you do.) So, naturally, our first impulse is to press on. Push ahead! Get this baby ready and out into Query World!! What are you waiting for?! DON'T YOU WANT TO BE PUBLISHED?!?!?!
Go on for too long like that, and you'll end up like this.
That, my friends, is why I have become an advocate of the all important break. Here are three things that you will gain from it. And this is a Renee Collins guarantee.
1. Physical rejuvenation! You simply aren't made to go on like a machine forever. I suggest . . .
2.I swear, your greatest ideas did not all come out in the first draft. There are more, gems, waiting for a little time to ease out.
3.Your family/significant other/NICMO, or whatever ya got will thank you.
4. We're all multifaceted people, right? A break can give us time to focus on our other interests.
So, to all of you out there in Writerland, I say "Relax!" Contrary to popular belief, there is no date in the near future when all publishers will stop accepting new books forever. We've got time. And time is exactly what our amazing stories (and our amazing selves) deserve.