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Authors Chill Out—Relax—It’s Only Money

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Writers should (and need) to take vacations just like everyone else.  –Recharge the batteries, as they say.  Put your notebook down.  Don’t think about the next outline or the next chapter.  Unwind.

It’s never too late to start over.  It’s never too late to be the person you want to be.  It’s never too late to begin again.  It’s simply never too late.   And, it’s never too late to be happy.

Sadly, in this line of work; it’s easier said than done.  Writers are always thinking about writing.  One of my biggest plot points came to me in line at a grocery store checkout counter last year on holiday.  In a split second, something just clicked.  I knew how Marsha was going to die.  Thank you, National Enquirer.

Nor am I saying you should walk away from your social media for a solid two weeks.  Blasphemy!  If you’ve got the money, you could (at least in theory) hire it out to a personal assistant on Fiverr.  But, that could be more problematic than it’s worth.  If you’re like me, you would be constantly checking in to make sure the PA was doing his job.

Aside from the negatives (and I could list 100 more) you still need to take a vacation.  Trust me; the advantages outweigh the disadvantages significantly.   If for no other reasons, do it for your health and mental stability.

Thirty some years ago, when I was married to #1 (yes, I number my ex-wives: #1, #2, et cetera, to keep them straight in my mind) we would get away for a weekend every other month or so.  Farm the kid out to grandparents, pack an overnight bag, and fuck like rabbits for 36 hours.  The theory was we needed the time for intimacy and romance.   –Things you can’t readily do as often when you start a family.

For writers, especially indie writers, your projects are your kids.  It’s a scientifically proven fact sometimes you need to get away from them, from time to time, in order to recharge.

What’s the best time for an indie author to vacation?

Aside from a weekend tryst (there is never a bad time for a weekend tryst), my experience tells me that probably the best time to take a two-week break is in the month of August. The summer months are typically slow for publishing across the board.  It’s not just an indie thing.  Traditional publishing slows down as well.   In August, there is a characteristic lull before the fall push to market.

In fact, it should not go unnoticed that many authors discount their books during the summer months to accommodate the slowed market season.  And it makes sense.

The whole summer does not need to be wasted if you plan ahead.

I know many authors who recharge their batteries in June and July with workshops and conferences.  Typically, they are held in areas offering high-end creature comforts.  Massages.  Mud baths.  Mineral Springs.  It can be a win-win situation depending on the amount you’re willing to creatively use as a tax break.

But, a writer’s conference or even a book signing is not a vacation.  There comes a point when you need to take a break even from words.  Especially your words.

Why am I bringing this up now?

Because I used to be a workaholic.  For over 40 years, I rarely took a break.  If I wasn’t working I was thinking about work.  Even when I took a holiday, I had my phone glued to my hip.  Rarely did I ever vacation without my laptop.

I paid price.  A significant price.  Don’t be like the old me.  If I could go back and change one thing in my life this would be it.  Many people nonchalantly say money isn’t and everything.  I disagree.  It takes money to live and to provide for yourself and your family.  But taking a few weeks out of the year to reflect, contemplate, build relationships, and unwind not only will bring you more happiness; I believe it will significantly help you earn a better income as a writer.

Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of fun working and writing.  Along the journey I’ve met some really great authors: some turned out to be friends; some were just plain assholes.  My professional life was a success, but I never took the time to stop and smell the roses.  Enjoy the moments that memories are made of.

In many ways, I’m speaking to my American colleagues.  Europeans have somewhat of a different take on life holistically.  Many of my European friends can’t wrap their heads around the American work ethic.  They understand it; they just can’t wrap their heads around the concept of all work and no play.  Now that I have reached my October in life, I see their point.

Thankfully, it’s never too late.

It’s never too late to start over.  It’s never too late to be the person you want to be.  It’s never too late to begin again.  It’s simply never too late.   And, it’s never too late to be happy.

You don’t have to necessarily seize the day—but, wouldn’t it be great if you could look back on it later having had enjoyed it.  So, take that vacation next year.

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NT Blog: That Dalai Lama Quotation, and the Historical Sceptic

Just because it’s on the internet doesn’t make it true.  Remember that Dalai Lama quote so many of your friends posted on Facebook?  Well, turns out it’s BS.   Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool quote.  And, has some spiritual mean. The point is: the Lama didn’t say it.

Source: NT Blog: That Dalai Lama Quotation, and the Historical Sceptic

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