Market Mondays: Take a Time out and Recharge

Untitled design copyGreetings my amazing writing creatives!  It is such a wondrous joy to have you here today.

The main theme of today is for you to take some time out for yourself and recharge your creative juices.  Create a solid plan of action before you take your next step. Practice a bit of patience and learn how to be still in the chaotic world around you.

The word “time out” usually creates a small panic in some people as they envision the dreaded corner in the room they were forced to stand to think about their actions.  However, the “time out” mentioned here is a very different time out.  It’s the kind where you withdraw from the chaos in your life and find a quiet place to pull your scattered energy together.

The other day, I needed to get away from my hectic work schedule and found a quiet spot on a wooden bench that sat a few feet away from a pond lined with green algae.  I watched the dragonflies and damselflies flittering about.  A few of them darted around, skimmed the water, only to resume their acrobatics in the air.  Finally one damselfly perched atop a thick reed and stilled it’s tiny little body.  Nothing distracted the beautiful creature from it’s post.  The huge eyes and gossamer wings remained frozen. Other damselflies fluttered about, but this one remained unfazed.  It felt as if the magnificent insect had enough and found the perfect spot to rest its little wings.

Then the sound of humans conversing, walking, running, and throwing their frisbees around stole me out of my reverie.  I wondered if the people around me ever took a break to recharge like the damselfly before me.  Did they ever pause to look at the little things in life?  Did they take power naps like I’ve started doing recently?  Did they ever take self-imposed time outs?

The Art of Taking Time Out and Recharging.

Writing a book or creating a online course around your business that people will buy can be tricky for some and easy for others.  Many creatives run themselves ragged because they have 1001 ideas they want to execute right here and now.  What ends up happening is that nothing gets done and their souls is exhausted.  Pretty soon, long naps become the norm.

You are made of energy.  Sometimes when your energy is low, it’s best to stop and take an extended break.  This allows your creative spirit to recharge – Melissa Halstead

Be sure this does not happen to you.  Find one topic to write about.  Find one online course to create.  Find one social media channel to master.  Find one person to interview.  Whatever it is that you are doing: DO ONE THING AT A TIME. You’ll get more done that way and take fewer time outs to recharge your spiritual batteries.

5 Books to Help You With Taking a Break and Recharging

Time Out: Taking a Break from School, to Travel, Work, and Study in the U.S. and Abroad by Robert Gilpin, Caroline Fitzgibbons, Fred Hargadon

The Coffee Break Guide to Business Plans for Writers: The Step-By-Step Guide to Taking Control of Your Writing Career by Amy Denim

I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day by Lu Ann Cahn

Change Almost Anything in 21 Days: Recharge Your Life with the Power of Over 500 Affirmations by Ruth Fishel, Bonny Van de Kamp

A Daily Dose of Sanity: A Five-Minute Soul Recharge for Every Day of the Year by Alan Cohen

5 Paying Markets that Want Your Stories Today

Ashland Creek Press

Looking for Short Story Collections, Novel, Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction.

Bedazzled Ink Publishing

Looking for stories with a strong female protagonisit.

Creators Publishing

Looking for fiction and creative non-fiction.

Educe Press

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Glass Lyre Press

Chapbook, Short Story Collections, Poetry Collections

Here is a song that embraces rest and recharging your spirit:


Bright Blessings,

Melissa Halstead | Writer’s Oracle (c) 2015

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