Do authors ever really take a vacation? by Cheryllynn Dyess, FSFNet Correspondent

Do authors ever really take a vacation?

Before we can even begin to answer that question, we must first understand how the creative mind works. Creative minds do things that baffle the world. There are no definitive descriptions or guidelines to diagnose the creative mind in whole. They are, “difficult to pin down, largely because they’re complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine,” according to Carolyn Gregoire who wrote

Before we can even begin to answer that question, we must first understand how the creative mind works. Creative minds do things that baffle the world. There are no definitive descriptions or guidelines to diagnose the creative mind in whole. They are, “difficult to pin down, largely because they’re complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine,” according to Carolyn Gregoire who wrote 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently. Carolyn goes on to say, “creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think… creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways, and emotions, and we still don’t have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.”

 

So, what does all that mean? Well, in simple, easy to understand terms, no one knows exactly how the creative mind works. Just as the question of what is pi – the answer is never ending.

 

The creative mind can find inspiration in the simplest of things or the most complex of things. Vacations can be both.

 

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” – Albert Einstein

 

Authors are unlike other artists: we use words to create our art. The pictures, events, and emotions you experience when reading one of our works are created by the shuffling of letters and most intriguing of placements. We daydream, we observe, and we task risks.

 

Authors are online talking with readers, researching, and networking at most any time of the day or night. One book out means hundreds and even thousands of hours of work pre-and post-publication. Hours vary – some use daytimes, afternoon, and night hours for work while others jot down whatever they can during lunch or dinner breaks or even while commuting. So, does your favorite author ever really take a vacation?

 

According to the above quote, Einstein seems to think that a vacation only spurs the mind into action! When searching the web on this topic I came across a great article that simply tells us that no, writers do not always really take a vacation. WritersAccess.com freelance writer, Miranda B., writes in her 2013 article, When Writers Take a Summer Vacation, “since writers can work from anywhere that has a paper and pen, they will typically squeeze in some work while away from home.”

 

When a writer is not writing, their minds are always churning new and creative thoughts. When we are out to dinner we may look at a couple having dinner and come up with an imaginative dialogue. At the beach, we may discover ourselves observing people or animals to learn and understand more about their reactions to the sand, waves, or even seagulls. Most times we are aware of what we are doing but many times… we are not.

 

A great, recent, personal experience of mine would be a recent three-way Skype call I was on with some writers. The meeting had run long and the topic diverted many times, but our minds were rolling. We were planning events and business strategy and our pasts were inquired upon, which led to a long but wonderful set of revelations. One mention of a pet for breeding turned into a small conversation about a children’s fantasy book idea.

 

Our minds never really turn off, even if we try.

 

 

 

Carolyn Gregoire. Healthy Living, HuffPost. 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/creativity-habits_n_4859769.html

Miranda B. WritersAccess.com (July 2, 2013) When Writers Take a Vacation https://www.writeraccess.com/blog/when-writers-take-a-summer-vacation/

 

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