Friday, June 24, 2011
You think I’ll be spending the day slaving over a hot keyboard, don’t you? Well, I won’t. You see, I have a point to prove.
A couple of evenings ago, hubby and I were sitting relaxing. At least, he was relaxing. Me? I suddenly grabbed my iPad, made a couple of notes, and said “What do you think of these for titles?”
He gave me a pained, resigned look and replied “You never switch off, do you?”
I opened my mouth to tell him that I switch off lots of times, like when I take the dogs for long walks. Then I remembered that I use my dog walks for working out plot or character problems in my books.
I opened my mouth again, all set to tell him that I switch off when I’m watching a good film, but then I remembered how he rolls his eyes every time I say something like “that character isn’t very well drawn”, “I’d like more of character X’s viewpoint” or “I’d have chosen a totally different setting…”.
I finally opened my mouth and said “Um, well, no. Not often.”
He has a point. Even when I’m away from the desk, I’m mentally writing, editing, plotting, marketing...
Today, however, I’m determined to show him that I can switch off.
But how? I’ll have to leave the house, obviously. I’ll also have to leave iPad and iPhone at home so I can’t sneak a quick look at Twitter or emails. I’ll repeat to myself every six seconds “I shall not think about books...”. I may go to the beach, but I won’t think about putting a death by drowning in the next book. If I have lunch in a lovely restaurant, I won’t take notes in case I want to include it in the WIP...
It’s going to be a tough day, and I may need lots of glasses of something suitably chilled, but I will switch off.
How about you? Does switching off come easily? If so, please share tips with this woman in need!
(Have a lovely birthday, Marcelle!)