Tuesday, April 17, 2012
N is for Nothing
On the other hand, I do believe in the power of nothing. As writers it's easy to work ourselves into a froth. If you're working a full-time job, you have to force time for writing into your schedule. If you write full-time, you've got deadlines to meet. If you've got kids...well, I don't even have to finish that statement, do I? If you've sent something off to your agent or editor, it's almost impossible to stop yourself from refreshing your inbox into oblivion and stalking them on Twitter.
But there is great power in doing nothing. Give yourself permission not to be writer sometimes. Be frivolous and watch TV. Play outside with your kids. Pay attention to your significant other, your family, your friends. You know...those pesky two-dimensional people in your life that require actual human interaction and love to survive.
Nothing recharges your batteries like nothing. It's in the moments when my mind is most clear that I tend to get brainstorms anyway, so it's not like the nothing lasts very long. Still, the point is, it's valuable.
So, get to it. Go do some nothing.