In this quiet space between Christmas and New Year's Eve, when the shopping is finished and the presents are unwrapped (and put away), when the world seems to slow down a bit and wait for the next celebration, I resolved to spend some time doing nothing. I hibernated on a couch for a whole day. I sat in front of the Christmas tree with my laptop and played with my current novel. I walked the dog, thinking of nothing. I barely looked at my email. It all makes me feel refreshed and alive, and it makes me feel ready to write.
Colleen Lindsay, an agent who blogs, has written a wonderful post about the best way to be a better writer, and I'm happy to say it has nothing to do with blogging, or Tweeting, or even working too hard. In part, she writes that the way to be a better writer is to live your life--your real life!
She says, "What will make you a better writer? Living a full life. Having friends. Having lovers. Having a real community of people around you. Living outside your own head. Putting down the pen and paper, turning off the computer and walking away from it now and again and just allowing yourself to experience a real life."
She also gives three links to other agents' blogs, in case you find that helpful (and I do, from time to time). Check it out! http://www.facebook.com/#/notes/colleen-lindsay/losing-sight-of-whats-im...