Friday, November 12, 2010

Recharged and Ready

Astute readers of the blog may have noticed that I didn’t blog this past Monday (you can go back and check, if you’d like—I’ll wait). I was on a long-weekend vacation with my wife.

Very relaxing.

A few highlights:

On Saturday (or as I liked to call it Crabapaloozaday), I had crab for lunch and crab for dinner. I would have had crab sundaes for dessert, but for some inexplicable reason, the Inn didn’t serve them. Had to make do with s’mores instead.

I met a local celebrity (TV/radio sports announcer), just hanging out at the Inn. I’ve been a fan of his for about forty years, and he was as nice and personable as you would think from seeing him on TV. Met some other nice people, too.

I also finished a book. Yes, an entire book.

What does my vacation have to do with writing? Well, sometimes it’s necessary, at least for me, to step away from the keyboard (I didn’t even check email while I was gone!) and recharge the batteries. Gain some perspective. Get a different view of the world. See what’s really going on outside of my cave.

Which I did.

I also met a few local characters who just might make it into future novels.

All in all, a very successful weekend!

How do you recharge your writing batteries?



Anonymous said...

Alan - I'm so glad you recharged yourself. What a great idea! I think all writers have to do that at times. When I need to recharge, I always turn to music...

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I don't know! I haven't recharged. Please give me tips. :)

Terry Odell said...

Recharging is good. I'm kind of taking a break myself--I turned in my revised (again) proposal to my agent, and am puttering with tweaks to the WIP I'd been working on before.

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Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Alan Orloff said...

I should clarify: that entire book I finished was one I read, not wrote. (I wish!)

Margot - Take the rest of the afternoon off and listen to some '70s rock. I know you're a fan!

Elizabeth - Step away from the keyboard and no one will get hurt!

Terry - Tweak puttering is always a good way to recharge.