You’re sitting there trying to think of a way to progress the piece of writing you’re working on at the moment. It’s not coming – or, if it is, it’s a struggle. Something’s not right, and you’re not quite sure what it is. Is it time for a break?
It might be that you just need a short screen break to grab a coffee, or do a few chores. Sometimes that’s just the thing you need, and the words start flowing effortlessly when you sit back down in front of your computer. Maybe it’ll take a few more days, but that break can be just the trick. Or can it?
Working on a Larger Project
Some of us might have a larger project to get on with – maybe it’s a book, or a new business venture. It might even be an idea of a play that you want to get written out, before time and other commitments mean you forget the great details. No matter how supportive your friends and family might be, sometimes you’re thinking you just need some time alone in a new environment to finish that project.
There are many reasons to do this, and ways you can achieve it, which will be different from person to person. Something that works for one writer won’t necessarily work for you.
A Villa Retreat
If you want to go away and have a trip on your own, you could think about Villa Holidays rather than staying in a traditional hotel or bed and breakfast. Not only will it give you an opportunity to indulge, but you can have your own private space to contemplate the next steps for the piece you’re working on. You can even specify certain things to make your time away even more pleasurable, such as a pool or hot tub – a perfect place to relax after a day of writing, or to think over what you’ve produced so far. Maybe you want to go to Nerja in Spain, or the Aphrodite Hills of Cyprus, or somewhere in Provence in the south of France – the choices are endless.
Many people talk about going on writing retreats with other writers to boost their creative output. Here, you could get the support you crave when you’re writing alone. Not only are there other people around for you to get feedback from, but some retreats have experienced authors that can give you expert advice on your work.
It doesn’t matter whether you decide to go to a villa on your own or with many other like-minded writers on a retreat, but taking a break may help with your mental health. Stress can affect your creativity, and holidays can aid us to de-stress. Time away can make us mentally sharper, as well as prompting us to be more active – which is another way to boost your mental health. Travel will go towards broadening you mind, too; it could even be a bit of research for your work, and may be the final piece of the puzzle when writing your novel, essay, article or play.