Writers also Need Breaks; Step Away from the Computer, Put Down the Mouse

Just did the morning routine which begins with checking emails from three accounts. Then I contact buyers of my ebooks (on good mornings when orders came in) to thank and remind them to contact me with questions. Then it’s time to peruse my Google Alerts (just love those things) for where I can find other people’s blog posts and learn from them and make helpful comments. That is such a great way to network and get URL links out there. Then I check my website cpanel and statcounters for visits from certain links and find out where people are re-posting my posts and now videos (that’s cool to see people quoting me) and perhaps contact and thank them.

Now’s the time when I usually either start some writing, editing or computer searching for new info for learning or blog posts or whatever… but today is one of those days… just feel like I need a break… out of my cave (my wife’s loving term for my office)… out of the house (feels like a cave this time of the year)… and perhaps to go skiing.

While it’s probably glorious and warm where many of you reside, we live in the N. Cali mountains and had a few inches of snow. Squaw Valley is 20 minutes away and I’ve only got 7 lousy days on my season pass because all I do is hang out in this cave. (Hate it when my wife’s right.) So today is an example of something I need to do and recommend more often…

Writers, for the sake of your sanity, the sanity of those around you and the sanity of the world in general… every now and then you absolutely must schedule a get-away-from-the-computer-day.


This photo from April 09 at Homewood CA with Lake Tahoe in the background. Anyone have other great suggestions for when the snow melts?

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2 Responses to “Writers also Need Breaks; Step Away from the Computer, Put Down the Mouse”

  1. Jana Groscost Matthews Says:

    Laying on the sunny beach in Tahoe! That is when the snow melts and the sun is shining. Love you!

  2. Kerry Dennis Says:

    I too have needed a break from my work lately. I didn’t do anything as exciting and interesting as go ski in the mountains. I just took time off and let myself heal from an illness. Still it was a good thing. I got to see how my writing has consumed my life. I joined a woman’s group and shared my experience and hope as well as my music with them. They were appreciative, and I felt renewed, accepted and alive, apart from my book. It was a good thing. Now I can get back to my editing with renewed resolve and purpose. Thanks! I needed that!


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