Just Walk Away


Sometimes it’s smart to walk away.

You see this advice in many different places: said by experts, practiced by leaders,
Let's Walk Away
Let’s Walk Away

done by us common folk. I’ve used this advice in many situations in my private and  professional life.

But this is about the writing life.

Sometimes it’s smartest to walk away–from writing.

I’ve done it.  Whatever I put on the page was garbage. Sometimes, garbage can’t be fixed, but must be thrown away. Or the smell is so awful and the pile so large, walking away is the only option to cope. To be prepared to write again another day. The garbage might be family problems, personal issues, health, work or social complications. Whatever the garbage is, it can hamper  creativity.

Walking away is NOT giving up.

Writing is so much more than putting words on a page. It’s observing others, reading for craft, and analyzing what other writers are doing and how they do it.  Writing is thinking–and letting your mind drift open to allow bits and pieces of new ideas to slip inside your gray cells.  Socializing, listening to music, playing in the dirt while gardening, cleaning a closet (oh no…), organizing your writing space to allow for a more mellow work environment.  All feed your creativity, just like chocolate.  

Well, you say, that doesn’t put words on a page.

No, it doesn’t. BUT, walking away rejuvenates the creative spirit.  Sometimes creativity needs jump-starting.  You energize your muse and get something else done too. Best of all, when you write again, the ideas and words flow faster and more fluidly.

Not bad consequences.

Tell me. What do you think about this concept?

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One Comment on “Just Walk Away”

  1. Deb Says:

    “Writing is so much more than putting words on a page.” Gread line. I’m reminded of the quote:

    “What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.” – Burton Rascoe

    Of course we need to change the gender on that one to read “What no husband of a writer…”

    But it is true. Thank you for reminding me of that.


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