Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Free Your Mind and The Rest Will Follow"

I'm ashamed to admit that "Spring Fever" has gotten the best of me.  Not only have I neglected my blog, but my work-in-progress also waned.  Don't get me wrong, I tried to write, but every time I looked out my office window, the sunshine, blooming trees and flowers seemed to call my name. 

      "Andrea," they said.  "Don't stay in that stuffy office a day longer, come and enjoy the day."

 Needless to say, it didn't take much prodding to draw me away.   Since I love writing, this should have been a tell-tell sign that I needed a break.  However, sometimes we refuse to see what's right in front of our noses.  If I had been thinking clearly, I would have seen that my mind was blocked.  There were days I'd walk into my office and the computer would sit there accusingly, as if to say, "Do something!" Unfortunately, the body was willing but the mind wasn't.  The words did not come.  Then, my block led to discouragement, which led to self-depricating remarks like, "I suck, I can't do this, why am I even trying," etc.   Finally, I gave in to my need to get away and took a break.

Now that I'm back, I realize a hiatus was the key to freeing my muse from the prison she'd been locked in.  This morning I blew the dust off my keyboard and began writing.  It feels good to be back.  My mind is clear and I know exactly where my story is headed.   Sooo, I guess the moral to the story is listen to your mind and body.  If the words aren't there, take a break and do something else for a while.  Too much of anything can be bad for us.  When you return I think you'll discover that it was just what the doctor ordered.  Just like the song says, (not sure of the writer) "Free Your Mind and The Rest Will Follow.  Until next week my friends...Happy writing.