True. Sometimes writers have a hard time turning their brains off. Especially when they’re in the middle of a project. Anything they see or hear could be used to change, better, or elaborate the story that’s continuously playing out in their heads until they can get it down in writing.
In my case, however, I think I’ve been purposely avoiding my wip like it has rabies. Sure, I have TONS of excuses. I’m on vacation. Haven’t seen my family in a long time. Had a birthday last weekend. (Oh yes. I’m thirty now. Joy:) And then there was the 4th of July festivities and all that goes with it.
But now that things have finally settled down a little, I keep finding less and less reasons to avoid opening up that document. The weather outside is too hot to enjoy. Parents and kids are returning to their normal routines. I’m finding myself with a lot of ‘downtime’, which I was sort of expecting (this is vacation, after all) but had kind of hoped would be filled with easier, less painful activities.
It’s not that I don’t like my current project. In fact, I really like it. It’s wondering if I’m going to open that document and suddenly…well, not like it so much.
The thing is, I don’t usually take three week breaks when I’m in the middle of something. First drafts are spewed out in a couple of months, writing almost none-stop in some shape or form and that’s always worked well for me. Now I’m worrying if the time away will make me re-question everything I’ve written. I feel kind of like Shaggy from Scooby Doo (zoiks!) – never wanting to enter the haunted house because I’m not sure if it’s a real monster terrorizing local inhabitants. Or just the owner dressing up as a monster to scare local inhabitants. Um, now that I think about it, I'm not even sure which one is the better scenario in my case…or if that analogy even makes sense. Oh well:)
What has you avoiding your current projects? And what inevitably pulls you back in?