Monday, October 4, 2010

Not in the Mood

*Really quick: The Sharp Edge of a Knife is now available for your e-reader. Bargain priced, too.

I’ve been thinking about moods, lately. Probably because I haven’t written more than blog posts for over two weeks for the soul reason that I haven’t been in the mood. When it comes to being creative, mood has a lot to do with our success. Don’t you think?

Or, at the very least, it has a lot to do with either the quality or the style of work that comes out of us.

In my current mood, I’ve found every possible excuse to not write. And I have no guilt over that, because I know that any writing I would’ve done in my current frame of mind would be worthless. So I allowed myself this time off. Time to take naps, spend time hanging out with my kids, time to watch the world fly by at 70 miles per hour (see this post about my travels if you’re curious), time to critique the work of others.

I even put out my fall decorations. *gasp* Well. It is October, after all.

Interestingly enough, the other day one of my kids showed signs of needing time off. There was nothing specific driving his need, but maybe a combination of a bunch of small stuff. So I let him stay home from school. We hung out together, ran a few errands, went to lunch, spent time snuggling.

And he felt better. I suspect this next week will be better for him. And after some time with my kids, my girlfriends, and myself, I expect this week to be much more productive for me as well. I intend to write, critique, and maybe even catch up on reading blogs.

Do you have weeks like this? What do you do to readjust your moods?


Christine Fonseca said...

I am sruggling with the same thing right now - so busy in the busniess end of things, nothing left for the writing end. Hopefully by next week...that is the goal

Angela said...

I totally get it. Sometimes you just need a break.

WindyA said...

I think knowing when you need the time off is one of the most important things. Along with actually taking the time off.

Sometimes walking away from things - who am I kidding, most of the time walking away from things is necessary but so much easier said than done.

Go you for realizing it and taking the time off.

Bethany Mason said...

The problem I have with taking time off is that I can then rarely find the motivation to get back to what I was taking time off - and the longer I stay away, the harder it becomes. Any tips to motivate yourself?

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Hi Gorgeous!

Yes, I do. There are time when I feel so run into the ground. I need to regroup with my inner self and kidlets. I love doing that. Giving my kids a day off from school once in a while and spending time with them. It's so awesome to hog each one individually all to myself!

Great post! :)

Carolyn V. said...

Oh yeah. I do have weeks like that. I usually unplug and work on things that have been nagging me...and enjoy the time.

Sara B. Larson said...

I usually force myself to push through it, but it's important to let ourselves take a break. (Hence my post today, ha ha!) That's neat that you did that with your son. What a great mom. :)

C. K. Bryant said...

Oh man. This is too funny. I had no idea we wrote about the same thing. Who knew great minds think alike? Love ya.

L.T. Elliot said...

I think it's totally okay to take a breather. I'm glad you did that for your son. I bet he apprecites it more than you think.

Jenn Wilks said...

I totally agree! I've taken lots of much-needed breaks off here and there over the years.

I also think, for me at least, I have to distinguish between the times when I really do need a break and the times when I need to just make myself sit down and write even though I don't feel like it. If I didn't do that, I'd hardly write at all. Ever. :-D